I would like to thank my family for their continuous and loving support, patience, and under-
standing during the course of my work.
My special gratitude goes to my students and Dr. Jenny Huang for their participation in the
proofreading process. ey carefully reviewed the content of the manuscript. eir constructive
suggestions and corrections greatly improved the quality of the book.
I would also like to thank the outstanding editorial staff members and other personnel at
Auerbach Publications of Taylor & Francis Group for supporting this project. I truly appreciate
the encouragement and collaboration of John Wyzalek, senior acquisitions editor, David Fausel,
project coordinator, and all the other people who have been involved in the books production. e
book would not be possible without their inspiration and great effort.

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