The plans for the book altered many times over the years and there were many
diversions as both authors got involved with various research projects, many
of them inspired by items they had been investigating for the book. Courses
covering the subject material have been given by Carl Murray at Queen Mary
& Westfield College, and Stan Dermott at the University of Florida,
Gainesville, to where Stan had moved in 1989. Each year the course notes
(which were to become the basis for the book) would be revised in accordance
with feedback from students, postdocs and staff at the respective
institutions. As a result, many more people contributed to the book than
could be thanked in the published acknowledgements.
Plots of data or specific graphics that could be defined mathematically such as orbits, curves of constant Hamiltonian, etc., were done using Mathematica® and then exported as Illustrator® files. Note that all annotation was kept to a minimum in the Mathematica® plots - most annotation was carried out in Illustrator®, even making use of imported typeset equations and symbols generated using Textures®. The main advantage of a drawing tool such as Illustrator® is that it was possible to place annotation interactively, making the fine adjustments to locations and styles in a short time. The final figure was then displayed as part of the typeset document under Textures® and printed off for use in the lecture courses. Ultimately the figures were sent to the publishers along with the TeX files and hard copy.
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