Paul Ballonoff was born in Ohio in 1943, but raised in Los Angeles. He earned his Ph.D. in social anthropology from UCLA in 1970, gained following a BA in economics also from UCLA in 1964, and a two year escape as Peace Corps volunteer in rural development in Colombia. His work since 1980 has been in the energy industry, for state governments, and as an international consultant in post-soviet areas and elsewhere. While Paul is principally a mathematical theorist of culture, he has held a life-long interest in music (both folk and classical), instrument making (a spinet harpsichord he built in 1972 still resides in his living room) and arts (including a collection of some 200 books on 19th century Russian landscape artists). Paul met Jack Batts while working for a year at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois, in 1971; Johnston City was not a far ride away. He did the research for this book in 1975. Write him with your comments at Paul@Ballonoff.net.