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By Shiro Kohshima, Yoshitaka Yoshimura, Nozomu Takeuchi (auth.), Gino Casassa, Francisco V. SepĂșlveda, Rolf M. Sinclair (eds.)

The majesty of the icefields is past description. He who has been lucky to be there as soon as, continues to be sure without end. To a theoretical physicist engaged on black holes the icefields produce a well-known vertigo, the instinctive simple task of being faced with whatever so basic and wonderfully severe that it needs to be of significance. The assembly whose lawsuits are contained during this quantity used to be performed onboard of a vessel that went to the icefields, and the contributors may perhaps actually set foot on them. It was once anticipated that, in case you had no longer been there ahead of, this might represent a ritual of initiation. And so it did. consequently we adore to consult the assembly as an excursion simply because, even though it didn't have the complication, it had the spirit. After this foundational day trip there were others, this time either with spirit and trouble, one from Chile and one from Argentina. for the time being of this writing, a fourth, full-fledged airborne day trip to the icefields is set to go away from Valdivia. a few of the humans of many countries who have been on board of the Aquiles will participate in it. we glance ahead to its effects, and to an ongoing intriguing medical experience. Claudio Teitelboim Director, Centro de Estudios Cientfficos Valdivia, September 2001 v ACKNOWLEDGMENTS This quantity is the results of the trouble and generosity of many folks and institutions.

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