In memory of Meredith and Raymond White, with copious gratitude for years of the maps in National Geographic.


This book is dedicated to my dad, David, for inspiring me to become an engineer, to my mom, Oymoon, for being my greatest teacher, to my sister, Melanie, for always looking out for me, and to my husband, Elijah, for always enthusiastically supporting my crazy ideas, like writing a textbook in my spare time.


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