I wish to express my deepest thanks to Enzo Mitidieri and Vicent ¸iu R˘adulescu
for their immeasurable efforts and dedication in bringing to print these volumes of
collected papers from the talks given at the May 2012 conference held in Perugia
to print. I also want to convey to the authors of these works my sincerest thanks
for dedicating their excellent research and profound scientific contributions to these
proceedings, including special thanks again to the speakers and the organizers who
contributed so much to the high level of the conference in Perugia.
Regrettably, I cannot thank James Serrin in person for all his contributions
to both the Perugia conference and the publication of these volumes, as he passed
away in August of this year before it could be published. He was an enthusiastic
organizer of the May conference and played a crucial role as editor of the collection
which he was very much looking forward to seeing published. Even though at
the time of the conference he was already not well, he attended all the lectures
and delivered an exceptional and unforgettable opening lecture. His presence in
Perugia at the conference was for me the most appreciated gift I received for my
James was a great mathematician and an exceptional man. His work has in-
spired generations of mathematicians and will continue to influence the future of
mathematics. His loss is inconsolable for anyone who had the good fortune to meet
him as I had.
Patrizia Pucci
Perugia, December 2012
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