The authors would like to thank the many people who have helped and contributed to this book. First, we would like to thank Bob Bickel for supporting and sanctioning our writing of this book. We would also like to thank the following people who reviewed early drafts of the manuscript and provided insightful feedback: Tony Wasserman, Lionel Lavallee, Sriram Somanchi, Ravi Trivedi, Mark Little, Stuart Wheater, Andy Taylor, Savas Parastatidis, Lindsay Marshall, Scott Williams, Satish Thatte, and Farhat Kaleem.
We would also like to thank the people at Pearson Education and, in particular, our executive editor, Jill Harry, who supported, encouraged, and guided us throughout the process. And, of course, our most profound thanks go to our families for their constant love and encouragement. Jim would especially like to thank Katherine Neasham for her continued support.
To all of these and many others too numerous to mention, we give our heartfelt thanks and appreciation.