Creating this compendium of "The Amateur Scientist" has been a labor of love. This is only fitting, since the word "amateur" comes from the Latin verb "amo", which means "to love". Thus, an amateur is someone who does something for the love of it.

However, as any experienced amateur knows, love is not enough to see a project through. We could not have completed this product without the help and support of many people, some of whom merit special recognition.

First, our spouses Michelle Tetreault, Ph.D. and Denise Greaves, Ph.D. deserve our profound appreciation and thanks for their longsuffering patience. At times they have offered more than patience and lent their considerable talents to the project to its clear benefit. Thank you both, so much.

Other thankworthy supporters are Jeff Kodosky of National Instruments, John Fry of Fry's Electronics, and Rick Fienberg of Sky Publishing. We also wish to thank Mr. Larry Breed for allowing us access to his private collection of Scientific American magazines. Also thanks to Dan Koller for his help in preparing index material, John Alita of the Redwood City Public Library, and David Negrin and the Bay Area chapters of the Service Corps of Retired Executives. Thanks are also due to Mr. Kim McCall for his timely aid and help with some programming matters. Special thanks to Max Freedman and the staff of ASCI Advertising, Inc. for their outstanding design work on the product interface, packaging and advertising materials. We also wish to acknowledge the help of Dan Bryson and the staff of Stark Design, Inc. for help with advertising and internet issues. Thanks also to Brent Beckett for his work in scanning and editing vast quantities of text and images.

We also wish to thank Diane McGarvey, Director of Ancillary Products at Scientific American and the rest of the staff at Scientific American for granting us the permission—and freedom—to create this product according to our original vision. Finally, our thanks to Albert G. Ingalls, C. L. Stong, Russell Porter, Roger Hayward, Jearl Walker, Forrest Mims, and all the others who have contributed to "The Amateur Scientist" during its long and distinguished history. We truly stand on the shoulders of giants.

Shawn Carlson, Ph.D.
Sheldon Greaves, Ph.D.