The aim of this chapter is to introduce the thesis and the motivation to start this PhD research. It also introduces the initial research questions present at the start of the research. The next chapters contain the analysis regarding these questions.

This chapter introduces the research topic, presents a characterisation of BC, provides the initial research questions and, lastly, gives an overview of the content of the chapters and some notes on the typography used and the reading aids.


Reinout van Rees 2006-12-13