PREFACE
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land, Le n Gillman , Rober t E . Greene , Pau l Halmos , Davi d Hoffman ,
Gary Jensen , Jud y Kenney , Donal d E . Knuth , Silvi o Levy , Chri s Ma -
han, Joh n McCarthy , Jef f McNeal , Charle s Neville , Richar d Rochberg ,
Steven Weintraub , an d Guid o Weiss . Georg e Pirania n generousl y ex -
ercised hi s editin g skill s on m y manuscript, an d t o goo d effect . I than k
Randi Rude n fo r sharin g wit h m e he r kee n sens e o f languag e an d he r
sharp wit ; sh e showed n o mercy, an d spare d n o pains , i n correctin g m y
language an d m y logic . Josephin e S . Krant z provide d valuabl e mora l
support. I fin d i t a privileg e t o b e par t o f a communit y o f scholar s
that i s s o generou s wit h it s ideas . Pa t Morgan , Antoinett e Schleyer ,
and Jennife r Shar p o f th e America n Mathematica l Societ y gav e freel y
of thei r cop y editin g skills . Barbar a Luszczynska , ou r mathematic s li -
brarian, als o gave me help in tracking down sources. M y work at MSR I
was supporte d i n par t b y NS F gran t DMS-9022140.
It woul d b e impossibl e fo r m e t o enumerate , o r t o than k properly ,
all th e excellen t mathematica l writer s from whos e work I hav e learned .
They hav e se t th e example , ove r an d ove r again , an d I a m merel y at -
tempting t o explai n wha t the y hav e taugh t us . Severa l othe r author s
have addressed themselve s to the tas k of explaining how to writ e math -
ematics, o r ho w t o execut e scientifi c writing , o r simpl y ho w t o write .
Some o f thei r wor k i s liste d i n th e Bibliography . (Se e als o [Hig ] fo r a
truly extensiv e enumeratio n o f the literature. ) Th e presen t boo k inter -
prets som e o f th e sam e issue s fro m m y ow n poin t o f view , an d filtere d
through m y ow n sensibilities . I hop e tha t i t i s a usefu l contribution .
S.G.K.
St. Louis , Missour i
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