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Copyright © 2006 by Imperial College Press

All rights reserved. This book, or parts thereof, may not be reproduced in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording or any information storage and retrieval system now known or to be invented, without written permission from the Publisher.

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"I have endeavoured in this Ghostly little bookto raise the Ghost of an Idea, which shall not put my readers out of humour with themselves, with each other, with the season or with me."

Charles Dickens

Encouraged through the edges and vertices of a highly complex network over time and space, with this book I have endeavored to keep Dickens's end in view. I acknowledge the inspiration and help received of mentors, colleagues and friends who have given me the courage to follow my heart and intuition and whose ideas and nurturing contributed to this book, in so many ways: John P. Coghlan, Ed Dike, Ivan Barker, Francis Dealtry, Louis Epstein, Barbara Mensing, Robert Miller, Robert Orr, Ed Ross, Earl Harold, George Mardikian, RofBolin, Don Abbott, Donald Kennedy, James Adams, WeltonLee, Vicki and Dan Pearce, AdrianHorridge, MickCallan, Herbert Macgregor, Mike Lava-rack, Ian Monie, Jac^DeGroot, Fran Ganong, Alan Mines, Rita Giacaman, Howard Fields, Julius Krevans, Roy Steinberg, Antje Dettmer Lawry, Alan Mines, Bob Drewes, Conrad Vial, Celia Lovell and especially CarolSweig, my wife, who still puts up with me.

And lastly, I thank Joy Quek and Aileen Tan of World Scientific (Singapore) andLenore Betts at 1CP (London). After all, these dear folks published this book.

Jim Lawry

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