This monograph is based on the lectures given in July of 1989 at a regional
conference in Auburn University. Usually , ten lectures are presented at such
a conference. I n this case, there were fifteen lectures; ten by Guido Weiss and
five by Bjorn Jawerth. Michae l Frazier collaborated in both the preparation
of the lectures and the writing of these notes.
We give a general description of the material we cover in the introduction.
Here we limit ourselve s t o a few comment s abou t th e organizatio n o f thi s
text. Te n chapters follow th e introduction. The y represent fairl y faithfull y
the material that was covered in the lectures. Thoug h this text contains more
detail than was presented in the conference, w e do not prove all the results
that are announced. O n the other hand, we do give the idea of proof s and
some technical detail s ar e presented in an appendix. Reference s an d some
other historical material are usually found at the end of each chapter under
the headin g "Historica l Note s an d Comments. " I n the las t thre e chapters,
however, we have presented the material in a more historical fashion and we
have included the references in the body of the text.
Finally, we would like to thank the organizers of this conference in Auburn
University. Ou r special thanks go to Jack Brown, Geraldo deSouza, and Gary
Sampson, who created an especially well-organized conference an d made all
the participants feel they were well cared for.
Michael Frazier
Michigan State University
East Lansing, Michigan 48824
Bjorn Jawerth
University of South Carolina
Columbia, South Carolina 29208
Guido Weiss
Washington University
St. Louis , Missouri 63130
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