Acknowledgments Our thanks go to the many friends and colleagues who were kind enough to read early versions and make valuable comments and sug- gestions that have improved the final manuscript. We would like to express our special appreciation to Mike Spivak for showing us an early version of his soon to appear “Physics for Mathematicians: Me- chanics” to Michael Nauenberg, for his helpful criticism concerning the early history of Mechanics to Nelson Beebe and David Eppstein for their help with TEX macros and to Peter Alfeld, Grady Wright, William Kahan, Gil Strang, Andy Majda, Moe Hirsch, and Carl Wit- twer for their helpful contributions. We would also like to express our deep gratitude to the AMS staff: Sergei Gelfand, Publisher Stephen Moye, Publications Support Specialist, TEX expert for this project Mary Medeiros, Electronic Publishing Technician, who formatted the files and Arlene O’Sean, the production editor. Their patience, flexibility, and expertise were essential to the completion of the project with the highest possible quality. xiii
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