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Acknowledgments Any project with the kind of breadth found here can only come about through the cooperation and contributions of many people. First and foremost, I want to thank my colleagues who contributed to this volume. Writing for a general audience poses all kinds of challenges,and I very much appreciate the generous spirit with which they took this on and their collaborative engagement with the editorial process. With any luck at all, the many friendships that were in place prior to beginning this project are still in place at its completion.Thanks also to the graphic artist Annelise Capossela,whose graceful and clever artwork adorns the chapters and cover. This project came to UPNE with the help of Jeff Horrell, when he was Dean of Libraries at Dartmouth College.It would have never happened without Jeff’s guidance and advice.His presence on the Dartmouth campus is already missed. Thanks to Dartmouth College Dean of Arts and Sciences Michael Mastanduno for his support in all ways and over many years and also to Richard Pult for having faith in the idea of this book and taking it on at UPNE. My position as Director of the Neukom Institute for Computational Science has put me in the lucky position of coming into contact with a wide range of colleagues and projects on the Dartmouth campus. I gratefully acknowledge the generosity of former Dartmouth trustee Bill Neukom, which supports this vibrant intellectual nexus. Many individuals came through with important advice and comments at various times and in various ways. Miles Blencowe would like to acknowledge the support of the National Science Foundation under Grant No.DMR-1507383. Sienna Craig dedicates her essay on Anthropology to Mr. Larry Goodman (Dartmouth ’47), in gratitude for his unflinching support of the subject, and acknowledges her colleagues Sabrina Billings,Jesse Casana,and Jeremy deSilva, for their contributions to the chapter,and her father,Steve Craig,for his editorial feedback. Larry Polansky thanks Amy Beal and Dard Neuman for their comments (and the latter for a couple of choice phrases); he also thanks Adrian Chi 340 Acknowledgments for her comix “Bite the Cactus”in the punk magazine Razorcake for her retelling of this joke by her father. Christopher Snyder would like to give special thanks to James Feyrer and Douglas Irwin for their insights on macroeconomics and the Great Depression; he is also grateful to Patricia Anderson and Ada Cohen for insightful conversations, and to Henry Senkfor for able research assistance. Of course any lingering errors are the responsibilities of the authors. Special thanks to Sarunas Burdulis for some final image rendering. I’d further like to give particular thanks to Katinka Matson and Steve Strogatz for their timely encouragements. As with any thing that I manage to bring to completion, I can only do so with the support, love, and advisements of my wife Ellen. She has had to live with this project for as long as I have. I have so appreciated her thoughtful and insightful comments and calming advice at various critical moments. This project was inspired by my children: Alex, Shayna, and Rachel. Their pure spirit of inquiry and wonder,and their constant asking “What is . . .?”gave birth to this volume.Their eye-rolling whenever I begin an answer with “Well, it’s complicated . . .” helped to shape its form. Trying to see the world as they do and then trying to help them to understand it is one of the great joys of my life and an ongoing gift. Finally, on behalf of all the contributors, I’d like to thank family and friends and teachers and mentors who turned each of us on to a world of ideas and encouraged us to explore that world, each in our own way.We hope we can pay that favor forward.This book is dedicated to them. Dan Rockmore ...


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