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I am grateful to Gordon Cook and Rob Mairs who read parts of the manuscript covering subjects in which their expertise greatly exceeds my own. I am indebted to those who influenced, encouraged, and shared a life spent exploring isotopes and Earth science. You are too numerous to mention individually, but Peter Hopwood started my geological journey in high school; my parents, Derek and Margaret Ellam, supported my university aspirations; and Tony Fallick gave me an early opportunity and much encouragement. My wife, Rowena, and children, Jenny and Cammy, provided love and support throughout. Finally, I dedicate Isotopes to my grandson, Oliver McAlpine, whose gestation corresponded with, but was rather shorter than, the time it took me to write the book.