Note on the Second Edition

IN March 2011, I was traveling with my wife Linda in a beautiful but somewhat remote area of the world. Catching up with my mail after a few days offline, I found the shocking news that my friend and colleague Philippe had passed away, suddenly, unexpectedly, and far too early. Unable to travel to Paris in time for the funeral, Linda and I composed a eulogy for our dear friend that I would now like to share with readers of this book.

Sadly, I am writing from a distant part of the world to pay my respects to my longtime friend and colleague, Philippe Flajolet. I am very sorry not to be there in person, but I know that there will be many opportunities to honor Philippe in the future and expect to be fully and personally ...

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