### Add convenience method for merging bounds

A common desire is to update bounds on variables based on some additional source of data. When doing so, one wants to derive the intersection of the existing bounds and the bounds following from the additional data. When the types of these bounds do not match, this becomes a difficult task, resulting in users setting bounds looser than might be possible. The convience method added in this commit handles such type conversions for the user. It handles upcasting floats to Timeseries, and also handles various combinations of vector bounds (as 2D Timeseries or 1D NumPy arrays). Note that this convenience does come at the cost of performance. A simple min/max merge on bounds which are known to be scalar can be done in about 350 ns, whereas the method added in this commit takes about 10 times as long with 3.5 us. Merging a combination Timeseries and NumPy arrays can easily take 30-40 us per call. Closes #1074

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