My wife, Tamara, and daughter, Naomi, put up with me during endless writing and rewriting.

My colleague Manuel Lerdau provided important criticism. I also tried out other ideas on Stony Brook colleagues, particularly Dan Dykhuizen, Mike Bell, Charles Janson, Lev Ginzburg, Jessica Gurevitch, and Geeta Bharathan.

Doug Futuyama, Yossi Loya, Rob Colwell, Uzi Ritte, Rosina Bierbaum, Phil Dustan, Scott Ferson, and Conrad Istock are among my former doctoral students who taught me more than I taught them.

Since 1947, my friend Fred Smith of Woods Hole has provided wisdom.

The late Evelyn Hutchinson of Yale demonstrated to me that ecology is worth a life's effort.

Kirk Jensen has provided important, patient criticism and encouragement well beyond the usual role of an editor.

I have omitted the names of many other people who have been important in my life. A list of who they are and what I learned from each of them would be a thicker book than this one. I ask their indulgence.

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