To my son, Cole, may you help make the world a better place with your math, science, and technology talent. To my mother, who taught me how to be graceful and loving. To my father, who passed his math gene on to me and taught me that there are no limits in life other than those you impose on yourself. To my adopted family, Lisa, Pei Yee, Patrick, Jenny, and Angel, thank you for your love and support.
To the heroes on the front line and those behind the scenes who are working toward eradicating slavery from the face of the earth—may analytic insights help in some small way to achieve this quest in your lifetime.
To my wife, Ann; my two sons, Thomas and Michael; my late nephew Jeffrey Thomas Dinsmore; my father, Ralph Boone Dinsmore; and ...