Acknowledgements

The author wishes to thank the University of Derby for providing him with a research studentship and research facilities, and for the provision of a 330 Mhz Intel PC, on which all of the simulations reported in this research were performed.

He wishes also to thank his Director of Studies, Dr Barry Blackham, and other members of the School of Mathematics and Computing for their support; and his Second Supervisor, Dr Sudhir Jain, for selecting him for this research studentship [in late 1998] (even though it had been 34 years since the author last studied physics), for drawing his attention to the existence of the Swendsen-Wang algorithm, the Binder cumulant and recent work on short-time critical dynamics, and for general guidance and occasional helpful suggestions.

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