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I would like to thank Professor Carlos De Backer (University of Antwerp) and Professor Eddy Van Dijck (University of Brussels) for their thorough editing, helpful suggestions and thoughtful comments.
Also, a project of this magnitude requires the support of colleagues and friends. I address a special word of gratefulness for Dirk Dons and Niall O’Higgins, who gave useful advice on the purely technical matters.
Finally, this work could not be possible without the love and inspiration of my wife Lut and my children Marieke and Jacob. Thank you for being there!
I received many spontaneous reactions from my online readers and wish to thank them for that. All their remarks have been taken into account.
I also had the occasion to present this book in various international conferences and am very grateful to the organizations that allowed me to do so. During these conferences I had many exchanges with my public who gave some very useful feedback on the book and its content.