Anyone older than 40 must be aware how odd it feels to imagine, perhaps aided by contemporary home movies, what one was like 30 years before. The more important were those past days for one’s future the odder it is to think of them now. One comes to them with the hindsight of their consequences, whereas one lived through them minded of the reality that they changed, and which now resists memory.

Not being a reader of my own writings, revisiting a 30-year-old book of mine brings similar feelings. I would not have ventured to re-encounter my book but for the stimulation of and the lessons I learnt from the comments published in this volume, and from discussions in the conference in which they were first presented....

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