JAMES O. WILKES is a faculty member of the College of Engineering, University of Michigan. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Cambridge and a master's and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. He was awarded a King George VI Memorial Fellowship to the University of Michigan, where he has served as department chairman as well as Assistant Dean for Admissions in the College of Engineering. He was named an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor from 1989 to 1992. His co-authorship of previous books includes Applied Numerical Methods (Wiley, 1969) and Digital Computing and Numerical Methods (Wiley, 1973). His research interests are in polymer processing and computational fluid mechanics.