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August 3, 2015

Pluto and Charon at last

David Rothery, author of Planets: A Very Short Introduction, reflects on NASA's New Horizons probe, which captured images of Pluto and its largest moon, Charon ...

July 27, 2015

A royal foxhunt: The abdication of Mary Queen of Scots

Rab Houston, author of Scotland: A Very Short Introduction, explores the life of Mary Stewart ...

July 23, 2015

Discover the new Very Short Introductions

From the ancient Byzantine Empire to the tumult of the American Revolution, discover the five newest Very Short Introductions now online