years go into preparing a highly specialized manuscript aiming at a
small specialized audience, and the economics of royalties
has to be weighted against the impact that a more accessible
manuscript might have.
It is better to have a webbook accessible to one and all,
continuously improved, at the forefront rather than
chiseled in stone.
Despite the undeniable pleasure of taking a real book to bed,
a technical ebook is already superior to a
paper text in several ways.
The main advantages of the
pdf version of this webbook is that
the equations, sections, references and index cross-referencing
are hyperlinked, so one can effortlessly jump back and forth
through the text.
In introducing a field, there are contradictory impulses to conciseness
(so the key ideas get across within reasonable reading time) and
scholarly completeness. Webbook allows for branching into levels of details
suited to individual reader's interests, and providing up-to-date links
to other relevant material.
If you like the book, please get
a paper copy from the Princeton University Press.
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