Preface This monograph is based on the lectures given in July of 198 9 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 6313 0 Vll
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