The Foreword of the book is kindly provided by Sandy MacInnis, the chair of the MPEG Systems Group during the development of MPEG-2 Systems until the specification (of the first edition) was finished. Below is a statement from his Foreword.
Jan van der Meer is exceptionally well qualified to write this book. He was active in the MPEG Systems committee since its inception and remained active in it for many years. He contributed a great deal of clarity to the committee discussions and documentation and was a frequent source of ideas. As I chaired the committee through the development of the MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 Systems standards, Jan’s presence, participation, clarity and humor were all invaluable in enabling the group to produce such a high quality standard. Jan’s knowledge extends well beyond this standard, encompassing a wide range of related topics, as you will find evident from reading this book. Even if you are already quite familiar with the MPEG-2 Systems standard, I am confident that you will find many refreshing insights in his detailed and clever writing. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.