XI V PREFACE Wang for advice on how to structure the book. We are especially grateful to Esther Cabezas-Rivas for a plethora of helpful suggestions we have in- corporated a number of her suggestions essentially verbatim in the first part of this volume. The authors would like to express special thanks to the following people. Helena Noronha, formerly a geometric analysis program director at NSF, for her encouragement and support during the early stages of this project. Ed Dunne and Sergei Gelfand for their help, encouragement and support to make the publication of these books possible with the AMS. We are especially grateful and indebted to Ed Dunne for his constant help and encouragement throughout the long process of writing this volume. We thank Arlene O'Sean for her expert and wonderful help as the copy and production editor. During the preparation of this volume, Bennett Chow was partially sup- ported by NSF grants DMS-9971891, DMS-020392, DMS-0354540 and DMS- 0505507. Christine Guenther was partially supported by the Thomas J. and Joyce Holce Professorship in Science. Jim Isenberg was partially supported by NSF grant PHY-0354659. Dan Knopf was partially supported by NSF grants DMS-0511184, DMS-0505920, and DMS-0545984. Peng Lu was par- tially supported by NSF grant DMS-0405255. Feng Luo was partially sup- ported by NSF grant DMS-0103843. Lei Ni was partially supported by NSF grants DMS-0354540 and DMS-0504792. Bennett Chow and Lei Ni were partially supported by NSF FRG grant DMS-0354540 (jointly with Gang Tian). Bennett Chow would like to thank Richard Hamilton and Shing-Tung Yau for making the study of the Ricci flow possible for him and for their help and encouragement over a period of many years. He would like to thank East China Normal University, Mathematical Sciences Research Institute in Berkeley, National Center for Theoretical Sciences in Hsinchu, Taiwan, and Universite de Cergy-Pontoise. Ben expresses extra special thanks to Classic Dimension for contin- ued support, faith, guidance, encouragement, and inspiration. He would like to thank his parents, Yutze and Wanlin, for their encouragement and love throughout his life. Ben lovingly dedicates this book to his daughters Michelle and Isabelle. Sun-Chin Chu would like to thank Nai-Chung Leung and Wei-Ming Ni for their encouragement and help over the years. Sun-Chin would like to thank his parents for their love and support throughout his life and dedicates this book to his family. David Glickenstein would like to thank his wife, Tricia, and his parents, Helen and Harvey, for their love and support. Dave dedicates this book to his family. Christine Guenther would like to thank Jim Isenberg as a friend and colleague for his guidance and encouragement. She thanks her family, in
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