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Agriculture: A Very Short Introduction

Agriculture: A Very Short Introduction  

Paul Brassley and Richard Soffe

Print Publication Year: 
Apr 2016
Published Online: 
Apr 2016
eISBN: 
9780191792939
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198725961.001.0001
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book
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9780198725961
Agriculture: A Very Short Introduction explains what farmers do and why they do it. Beginning with the most basic resource, the soil, it shows why it is important, and how ... More
Algebra: A Very Short Introduction

Algebra: A Very Short Introduction  

Peter M. Higgins

Print Publication Year: 
Oct 2015
Published Online: 
Oct 2015
eISBN: 
9780191797644
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198732822.001.0001
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book
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9780198732822
Algebra marked the beginning of modern mathematics, moving it beyond arithmetic, which involves calculations featuring given numbers, to problems in which some quantities are unknown. Now, ... More
Animal Behaviour: A Very Short Introduction

Animal Behaviour: A Very Short Introduction  

Tristram D. Wyatt

Print Publication Year: 
Feb 2017
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Feb 2017
eISBN: 
9780191780691
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198712152.001.0001
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book
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9780198712152
How animals behave is crucial to their survival and reproduction. Animal Behaviour: A Very Short Introduction discusses how animal behaviour has evolved, how behaviours develop in each ... More
The Animal Kingdom: A Very Short Introduction

The Animal Kingdom: A Very Short Introduction  

Peter Holland

Print Publication Year: 
Nov 2011
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191778049
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199593217.001.0001
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book
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9780199593217
The Animal Kingdom: A Very Short Introduction presents a modern tour of the animal kingdom. Beginning with the definition of animals, this VSI goes on to show the high-level ... More
The Antarctic: A Very Short Introduction

The Antarctic: A Very Short Introduction  

Klaus Dodds

Print Publication Year: 
Jul 2012
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191778438
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199697687.001.0001
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book
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9780199697687
Antarctic: A Very Short Introduction provides a modern account of Antarctica, highlighting the main issues facing the continent today, looks at how the Antarctic has been ... More
Anthropocene: A Very Short Introduction

Anthropocene: A Very Short Introduction  

Erle C. Ellis

Print Publication Year: 
Mar 2018
Published Online: 
Mar 2018
eISBN: 
9780191834738
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198792987.001.0001
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book
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9780198792987
Humanity’s impact on the planet has been profound. From fire, intensive hunting, and agriculture, it has accelerated into rapid climate change, widespread pollution, plastic accumulation, ... More
Anxiety: A Very Short Introduction

Anxiety: A Very Short Introduction  

Daniel Freeman and Jason Freeman

Print Publication Year: 
May 2012
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777486
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199567157.001.0001
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9780199567157
Anxiety: A Very Short Introduction explains what anxiety is, why it is a normal and vital part of our emotional life, and the factors that cause it. Are we born with fears or ... More
Applied Mathematics: A Very Short Introduction

Applied Mathematics: A Very Short Introduction  

Alain Goriely

Print Publication Year: 
Feb 2018
Published Online: 
Feb 2018
eISBN: 
9780191815805
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198754046.001.0001
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book
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9780198754046
Mathematics is playing an increasingly important role in society and the sciences, enhancing our ability to use models and handle data. Applied Mathematics: A Very Short Introduction ... More
Artificial Intelligence: A Very Short Introduction

Artificial Intelligence: A Very Short Introduction  

Margaret A. Boden

Print Publication Year: 
Aug 2018
Published Online: 
Aug 2018
eISBN: 
9780191821448
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199602919.001.0001
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book
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9780199602919
The applications of Artificial Intelligence lie all around us and affect all aspects of our lives. The results of Artificial Intelligence have been invaluable to biologists, psychologists, ... More
Astrobiology: A Very Short Introduction

Astrobiology: A Very Short Introduction  

David C. Catling

Print Publication Year: 
Oct 2013
Published Online: 
Oct 2013
eISBN: 
9780191779923
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199586455.001.0001
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book
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9780199586455
What fascinates people about astrobiology is that it seeks answers to long-standing unsolved questions: How quickly did life evolve on Earth and why did life persist here? Is there life ... More
Astrophysics: A Very Short Introduction

Astrophysics: A Very Short Introduction  

James Binney

Print Publication Year: 
Mar 2016
Published Online: 
Mar 2016
eISBN: 
9780191814273
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198752851.001.0001
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book
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9780198752851
Astrophysics is the physics of the stars and, more widely, the Universe. It explores the structure and evolution of planetary systems, stars, galaxies, interstellar gas, and the cosmos as a ... More
The Atmosphere: A Very Short Introduction

The Atmosphere: A Very Short Introduction  

Paul I. Palmer

Print Publication Year: 
Mar 2017
Published Online: 
Mar 2017
eISBN: 
9780191788970
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198722038.001.0001
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book
ISBN: 
9780198722038
The atmosphere is the thin, diffuse fluid that envelops the Earth’s surface. Despite its apparent fragility, the existence of this fluid is vital for human and other life on Earth. The ... More
Autism: A Very Short Introduction

Autism: A Very Short Introduction  

Uta Frith

Print Publication Year: 
Oct 2008
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191776922
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199207565.001.0001
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book
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9780199207565
Autism: A Very Short Introduction asks: What causes autism? Is it a genetic disorder, or due to some unknown environmental hazard? Are we facing an autism epidemic? What are ... More
Bacteria: A Very Short Introduction

Bacteria: A Very Short Introduction  

Sebastian G.B. Amyes

Print Publication Year: 
May 2013
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777752
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199578764.001.0001
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book
ISBN: 
9780199578764
Bacteria form a fundamental branch of life. They are the oldest forms of life as we know it, and they are still the most prolific living organisms. Bacteria: A Very Short Introduction ... More
Big Data: A Very Short Introduction

Big Data: A Very Short Introduction  

Dawn E. Holmes

Print Publication Year: 
Nov 2017
Published Online: 
Nov 2017
eISBN: 
9780191824616
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198779575.001.0001
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book
ISBN: 
9780198779575
Since long before computers were even thought of, data has been collected and organized by diverse cultures across the world. Once access to the Internet became a reality for large swathes ... More
Biometrics: A Very Short Introduction

Biometrics: A Very Short Introduction  

Michael Fairhurst

Print Publication Year: 
Nov 2018
Published Online: 
Nov 2018
eISBN: 
9780191846731
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198809104.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780198809104
Biometrics is the scientific discipline of identifying individuals by means of the measurement of unique personal attributes, such as facial appearance, fingerprints, iris patterning, the ... More
Black Holes: A Very Short Introduction

Black Holes: A Very Short Introduction  

Katherine Blundell

Print Publication Year: 
Dec 2015
Published Online: 
Dec 2015
eISBN: 
9780191781612
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199602667.001.0001
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book
ISBN: 
9780199602667
Black holes are a constant source of fascination to many due to their mysterious nature. Black Holes: A Very Short Introduction addresses a variety of questions, including what a black hole ... More
Blood: A Very Short Introduction

Blood: A Very Short Introduction  

Chris Cooper

Print Publication Year: 
Sep 2016
Published Online: 
Sep 2016
eISBN: 
9780191785467
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199581450.001.0001
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book
ISBN: 
9780199581450
Blood is vital to most animals. In mammals it transports oxygen and food, carries away waste, and contains the white cells that attack invading microbes. Playing a central role in life, ... More
The Brain: A Very Short Introduction

The Brain: A Very Short Introduction  

Michael O'Shea

Print Publication Year: 
Dec 2005
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191776496
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192853929.001.0001
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book
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9780192853929
How does the brain work? The Brain, A Very Short Introduction provides a non-technical introduction to the main issues and findings in current brain research, and gives a sense of how ... More
Global Catastrophes: A Very Short Introduction

Global Catastrophes: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)  

Bill McGuire

Print Publication Year: 
Aug 2014
Published Online: 
Aug 2014
eISBN: 
9780191784088
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198715931.001.0001
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book
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9780198715931
Life on Earth will come to an end. It is just a matter of when. Global Catastrophes: A Very Short Introduction focuses on the many potential catastrophes facing our planet and our species ... More
The Cell: A Very Short Introduction

The Cell: A Very Short Introduction  

Terence Allen and Graham Cowling

Print Publication Year: 
Sep 2011
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777745
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199578757.001.0001
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book
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9780199578757
The Cell: A Very Short Introduction describes the nature of cells — their basic structure, their varying forms, their division, their differentiation from initially highly ... More
Chaos: A Very Short Introduction

Chaos: A Very Short Introduction  

Leonard Smith

Print Publication Year: 
Feb 2007
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191776410
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192853783.001.0001
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book
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9780192853783
Chaos: A Very Short Introduction shows that we all have an intuitive understanding of chaotic systems. It uses accessible maths and physics (replacing complex equations with ... More
Child Psychology: A Very Short Introduction

Child Psychology: A Very Short Introduction  

Usha Goswami

Print Publication Year: 
Nov 2014
Published Online: 
Nov 2014
eISBN: 
9780191780967
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199646593.001.0001
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book
ISBN: 
9780199646593
Child Psychology: A Very Short Introduction examines modern child psychology, tracing its development from birth up until early adolescence. Child Psychology studies the ... More
Circadian Rhythms: A Very Short Introduction

Circadian Rhythms: A Very Short Introduction  

Russell Foster and Leon Kreitzman

Print Publication Year: 
Mar 2017
Published Online: 
Mar 2017
eISBN: 
9780191787164
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198717683.001.0001
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book
ISBN: 
9780198717683
The Earth’s daily rotation affects almost every living creature. From dawn through to dusk, there are changes in light, temperature, humidity, and rainfall. However, these changes are ... More
Civil Engineering: A Very Short Introduction

Civil Engineering: A Very Short Introduction  

David Muir Wood

Print Publication Year: 
Sep 2012
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777721
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199578634.001.0001
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book
ISBN: 
9780199578634
Civil Engineering: A Very Short Introduction examines the nature and importance of civil engineering in the history of civilization and urbanization. This VSI sets out the ... More
Climate: A Very Short Introduction

Climate: A Very Short Introduction  

Mark Maslin

Print Publication Year: 
Jun 2013
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191778254
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199641130.001.0001
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book
ISBN: 
9780199641130
Climate: A Very Short Introduction considers all aspects of the global climate system, exploring and explaining the different components that control the climate on Earth. ... More
Clinical Psychology: A Very Short Introduction

Clinical Psychology: A Very Short Introduction  

Susan Llewelyn and Katie Aafjes-van Doorn

Print Publication Year: 
Apr 2017
Published Online: 
Apr 2017
eISBN: 
9780191815690
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198753896.001.0001
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book
ISBN: 
9780198753896
Clinical psychology makes a significant contribution to mental healthcare worldwide. Clinical Psychology: A Very Short Introduction provides insights into the world of clinical ... More
Cognitive Neuroscience: A Very Short Introduction

Cognitive Neuroscience: A Very Short Introduction  

Richard Passingham

Print Publication Year: 
Sep 2016
Published Online: 
Sep 2016
eISBN: 
9780191828607
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198786221.001.0001
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book
ISBN: 
9780198786221
Cognitive neuroscience was born in the late 1970s when the study of patients who had suffered brain damage or injury to limited parts of the brain revealed different components and the ... More
Combinatorics: A Very Short Introduction

Combinatorics: A Very Short Introduction  

Robin Wilson

Print Publication Year: 
Apr 2016
Published Online: 
Apr 2016
eISBN: 
9780191790324
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198723493.001.0001
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book
ISBN: 
9780198723493
Combinatorics is the branch of mathematics concerned with selecting, arranging, and listing or counting collections of objects. Dating back some 3000 years, and initially consisting mainly ... More
Complexity: A Very Short Introduction

Complexity: A Very Short Introduction  

John H. Holland

Print Publication Year: 
Jul 2014
Published Online: 
Jul 2014
eISBN: 
9780191780004
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199662548.001.0001
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book
ISBN: 
9780199662548
From the movement of flocks of birds to the Internet, environmental sustainability, and market regulation, the study and understanding of complex non-linear systems has become highly ... More
The Computer: A Very Short Introduction

The Computer: A Very Short Introduction  

Darrel Ince

Print Publication Year: 
Nov 2011
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777899
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199586592.001.0001
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book
ISBN: 
9780199586592
The Computer: A Very Short Introduction shows how computers have changed so much since the room–filling, bulky magnetic tape running monsters of the mid–20th century. They now ... More
Computer Science: A Very Short Introduction

Computer Science: A Very Short Introduction  

Subrata Dasgupta

Print Publication Year: 
Mar 2016
Published Online: 
Mar 2016
eISBN: 
9780191798146
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198733461.001.0001
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book
ISBN: 
9780198733461
Over the past sixty years, there has been spectacular growth of the technologies associated with the computer. Yet, the science underpinning this technology is less visible and little ... More
Consciousness: A Very Short Introduction

Consciousness: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)  

Susan Blackmore

Print Publication Year: 
Sep 2017
Published Online: 
Oct 2017
eISBN: 
9780191836206
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198794738.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780198794738
Consciousness is ‘the last great mystery for science’. How can a physical brain create our experience of the world? What creates our identity? Do we really have free will? Could ... More
Copernicus: A Very Short Introduction

Copernicus: A Very Short Introduction  

Owen Gingerich

Print Publication Year: 
Aug 2016
Published Online: 
Aug 2016
eISBN: 
9780190605520
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199330966.001.0001
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book
ISBN: 
9780199330966
Nicolaus Copernicus (1473–1543) was the astronomer whose shocking vision of a sun-centered universe turned out to be the essential blueprint for a physical understanding of celestial ... More
Coral Reefs: A Very Short Introduction

Coral Reefs: A Very Short Introduction  

Charles Sheppard

Print Publication Year: 
Jun 2014
Published Online: 
Jun 2014
eISBN: 
9780191779978
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199682775.001.0001
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book
ISBN: 
9780199682775
Coral reefs are found all around the world, from the Indo-Pacific coral reef province to the Caribbean and Australia, and they support both marine and human life. They provide a rich supply ... More
Cosmology: A Very Short Introduction

Cosmology: A Very Short Introduction  

Peter Coles

Print Publication Year: 
Aug 2001
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191776687
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192854162.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780192854162
Cosmology: A Very Short Introductionexplains what cosmology is and what cosmologists do, looks at the history of the subject, the development of the Big Bang theory, and more ... More
Cryptography: A Very Short Introduction

Cryptography: A Very Short Introduction  

Fred Piper and Sean Murphy

Print Publication Year: 
May 2002
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191775741
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192803153.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780192803153
Cryptography: A Very Short Introduction provides a clear and informative introduction to cryptography and data protection — subjects of considerable social and political ... More
Crystallography: A Very Short Introduction

Crystallography: A Very Short Introduction  

A. M. Glazer

Print Publication Year: 
Mar 2016
Published Online: 
Mar 2016
eISBN: 
9780191787072
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198717591.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780198717591
Crystals have fascinated us for centuries with their beauty and symmetry, and have often been invested with magical powers. The development of X-ray diffraction heralded the scientific ... More
Darwin: A Very Short Introduction

Darwin: A Very Short Introduction  

Jonathan Howard

Print Publication Year: 
Feb 2001
Published Online: 
Feb 2014
eISBN: 
9780191776786
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192854544.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780192854544
Darwin: A Very Short Introduction explores how Charles Darwin's theory of evolution has revolutionized biology since it was first presented to a wide readership in 1859. At ... More
Depression: A Very Short Introduction

Depression: A Very Short Introduction  

Mary Jane Tacchi and Jan Scott

Print Publication Year: 
Jan 2017
Published Online: 
Jan 2017
eISBN: 
9780191785788
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199558650.001.0001
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book
ISBN: 
9780199558650
Covering melancholia, depression, manic depression, and bipolar disorder, Depression: A Very Short Introduction gives a brief account of the history of these concepts, before focusing on ... More
Deserts: A Very Short Introduction

Deserts: A Very Short Introduction  

Nick Middleton

Print Publication Year: 
Nov 2009
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777462
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199564309.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780199564309
Deserts: A Very Short Introduction explores the nature of deserts and the extent of their variety, climates, landscapes, wildlife, and human habitation. Typified by drought and ... More
Developmental Biology: A Very Short Introduction

Developmental Biology: A Very Short Introduction  

Lewis Wolpert

Print Publication Year: 
Aug 2011
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191778100
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199601196.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780199601196
Developmental Biology: A Very Short Introduction provides a concise account of what we now know about development, discussing the first vital steps of growth, the patterning ... More
Dinosaurs: A Very Short Introduction

Dinosaurs: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)  

David Norman

Print Publication Year: 
Sep 2017
Published Online: 
Sep 2017
eISBN: 
9780191837104
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198795926.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780198795926
Dinosaurs: A Very Short Introduction discusses how dinosaurs were first discovered and interpreted, and how our understanding of them has changed over the past 200 years. It ... More
Dreaming: A Very Short Introduction

Dreaming: A Very Short Introduction  

J. Allan Hobson

Print Publication Year: 
Apr 2005
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191775499
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192802156.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780192802156
Dreaming: A Very Short Introduction provides an increasingly complete picture of how dreaming is created by the brain. It explores how the new science of dreaming is affecting ... More
The Earth: A Very Short Introduction

The Earth: A Very Short Introduction  

Martin Redfern

Print Publication Year: 
Jun 2003
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191775734
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192803078.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780192803078
The Earth: A Very Short Introduction provides an introduction to the processes that govern the changing geology of the Earth. About 30 years ago, two things happened that began ... More
Earth System Science: A Very Short Introduction

Earth System Science: A Very Short Introduction  

Tim Lenton

Print Publication Year: 
Feb 2016
Published Online: 
Feb 2016
eISBN: 
9780191788338
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198718871.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780198718871
The concept of the Earth’s atmosphere, biosphere, oceans, soil, and rocks operating as a closely interacting system has rapidly gained ground in science. Earth System Science: A Very Short ... More
The Elements: A Very Short Introduction

The Elements: A Very Short Introduction  

Philip Ball

Print Publication Year: 
Apr 2004
Published Online: 
Apr 2014
eISBN: 
9780191776298
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192840998.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780192840998
The Elements: A Very Short Introduction traces the history and cultural impact of the elements on humankind, and examines why people have long sought to identify the substances ... More
Emotion: A Very Short Introduction

Emotion: A Very Short Introduction  

Dylan Evans

Print Publication Year: 
Feb 2003
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191776007
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192804617.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780192804617
Was love invented by European poets in the Middle Ages or is it part of human nature? Will winning the lottery really make you happy? Is it possible to build robots that have feelings? ... More
Engineering: A Very Short Introduction

Engineering: A Very Short Introduction  

David Blockley

Print Publication Year: 
Mar 2012
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777738
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199578696.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780199578696
Engineering is part of almost everything we do — from the water we drink and the food we eat, to the buildings we live in and the roads and railways we travel on. Engineering: A Very Short ... More
Evolution: A Very Short Introduction

Evolution: A Very Short Introduction  

Brian Charlesworth and Deborah Charlesworth

Print Publication Year: 
Jul 2017
Published Online: 
Jun 2017
eISBN: 
9780191842719
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198804369.001.0001
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book
ISBN: 
9780198804369
Less than 150 years ago, the view that living species were the result of special creation by God was still dominant. The recognition by Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace of the ... More
The Eye: A Very Short Introduction

The Eye: A Very Short Introduction  

Michael F. Land

Print Publication Year: 
May 2014
Published Online: 
May 2014
eISBN: 
9780191779961
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199680306.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780199680306
The eye is one of the most remarkable achievements of evolution. In humans, vision is the most important sense, and much of the brain is given over to the processing of visual information. ... More
Forensic Psychology: A Very Short Introduction

Forensic Psychology: A Very Short Introduction  

David Canter

Print Publication Year: 
Jun 2010
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777332
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199550203.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780199550203
Forensic Psychology: A Very Short Introduction discusses the aspects of psychology that are relevant to the legal and criminal process. It includes explanations of criminal ... More
Forests: A Very Short Introduction

Forests: A Very Short Introduction  

Jaboury Ghazoul

Print Publication Year: 
May 2015
Published Online: 
May 2015
eISBN: 
9780191785306
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198706175.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780198706175
Since the dawn of human civilization, forests have provided us with food, resources, and energy. The history of human development is also one of forest loss and transformation, and yet ... More
Fossils: A Very Short Introduction

Fossils: A Very Short Introduction  

Keith Thomson

Print Publication Year: 
Oct 2005
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191776090
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192805041.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780192805041
How did Darwin use fossils to support his theory of evolution? What are ‘living fossils’? What fossils will we leave behind for future generations to examine? Fossils: A Very Short ... More
Fractals: A Very Short Introduction

Fractals: A Very Short Introduction  

Kenneth Falconer

Print Publication Year: 
Sep 2013
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191778599
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199675982.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780199675982
Fractals: A Very Short Introduction looks at the roots of the ‘fractal revolution’ that occurred in mathematics in the 20th century. It presents the ‘new geometry’ of fractals, ... More
Freud: A Very Short Introduction

Freud: A Very Short Introduction  

Anthony Storr

Print Publication Year: 
Feb 2001
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191776793
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192854551.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780192854551
Freud: A Very Short Introduction discusses the life and work of Sigmund Freud. The founder of psychoanalysis, Freud developed a totally new way of looking at human nature. Only ... More
FungiA Very Short Introduction

Fungi: A Very Short Introduction  

Nicholas P. Money

Print Publication Year: 
Jan 2016
Published Online: 
Jan 2016
eISBN: 
9780191785825
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199688784.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780199688784
The diversity of the mycological world is far greater than most people imagine. Tens of thousands of fungal species have been described and many more are known only from the abundance of ... More
Galaxies: A Very Short Introduction

Galaxies: A Very Short Introduction  

John Gribbin

Print Publication Year: 
Mar 2008
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777103
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199234349.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780199234349
Galaxies: A Very Short Introduction explores the building blocks of the Universe. Standing like islands in space, each is made up of many hundreds of millions of stars in which ... More
Galileo: A Very Short Introduction

Galileo: A Very Short Introduction  

Stillman Drake

Print Publication Year: 
Feb 2001
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191776809
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192854568.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780192854568
Galileo: A Very Short Introduction advances the hypothesis that Galileo's prosecution and condemnation by the Inquisition was caused not by his defiance of the Church but by ... More
Genes: A Very Short Introduction

Genes: A Very Short Introduction  

Jonathan Slack

Print Publication Year: 
Sep 2014
Published Online: 
Sep 2014
eISBN: 
9780191780950
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199676507.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780199676507
What are genes? What do they say about us? Genes: A Very Short Introduction explores the concept of the gene and looks at the discovery, nature, and role of genes in both evolution and ... More
Genius: A Very Short Introduction

Genius: A Very Short Introduction  

Andrew Robinson

Print Publication Year: 
Feb 2011
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191778056
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199594405.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780199594405
Homer, Leonardo da Vinci, Mozart, Shakespeare, and Tolstoy; Curie, Darwin, Einstein, Galileo, and Newton. What do these world-famous artists and scientists have in common? Most of us would ... More
Genomics: A Very Short Introduction

Genomics: A Very Short Introduction  

John Archibald

Print Publication Year: 
Mar 2018
Published Online: 
Mar 2018
eISBN: 
9780191827877
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198786207.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780198786207
Genomics has transformed the biological sciences. From epidemiology and medicine to evolution and forensics, the ability to determine an organism’s complete genetic makeup has changed the ... More
Geography: A Very Short Introduction

Geography: A Very Short Introduction  

John A. Matthews and David T. Herbert

Print Publication Year: 
May 2008
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191776946
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199211289.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780199211289
Geography: A Very Short Introduction charts modern geography's development from its historical roots in exploring foreign lands and mapping the regions of the world. Spanning ... More
Geology: A Very Short Introduction

Geology: A Very Short Introduction  

Jan Zalasiewicz

Print Publication Year: 
Jul 2018
Published Online: 
Jul 2018
eISBN: 
9780191842771
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198804451.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780198804451
Geology: A Very Short Introduction provides a concise introduction to the fascinating field of geology. Describing how the science began, it looks at the key discoveries that ... More
Geophysics: A Very Short Introduction

Geophysics: A Very Short Introduction  

William Lowrie

Print Publication Year: 
Mar 2018
Published Online: 
Mar 2018
eISBN: 
9780191834707
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198792956.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780198792956
Geophysics is the physics of the Earth. It encompasses areas such as seismology, plate tectonics, gravity, and the Earth’s magnetic field, all of which give clues to both the structure and ... More
Glaciation: A Very Short Introduction

Glaciation: A Very Short Introduction  

David J. A. Evans

Print Publication Year: 
Oct 2018
Published Online: 
Oct 2018
eISBN: 
9780191808227
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198745853.001.0001
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book
ISBN: 
9780198745853
Vast, majestic, and often stunningly beautiful, glaciers lock up some 10 per cent of the world’s fresh water. These great bodies of ice play an important part in the Earth system, carving ... More
Gravity: A Very Short Introduction

Gravity: A Very Short Introduction  

Timothy Clifton

Print Publication Year: 
Feb 2017
Published Online: 
Feb 2017
eISBN: 
9780191795862
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198729143.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780198729143
Gravity is one of the four fundamental interactions that exist in nature and is essential for understanding the behaviour of the Universe, and all astrophysical bodies within it. Yet it ... More
Happiness: A Very Short Introduction

Happiness: A Very Short Introduction  

Daniel M. Haybron

Print Publication Year: 
Aug 2013
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191778575
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199590605.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780199590605
Happiness: A Very Short Introduction considers the true nature of happiness and the current thinking on the subject, from psychology to philosophy. What is happiness? Is it ... More
Heredity: A Very Short Introduction

Heredity: A Very Short Introduction  

John Waller

Print Publication Year: 
Aug 2017
Published Online: 
Aug 2017
eISBN: 
9780191831706
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198790457.001.0001
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book
ISBN: 
9780198790457
The idea of heredity—that qualities of body and mind are somehow inherited from one’s parents—has profoundly shaped many aspects of the human experience: from our attempts to understand ... More
The History of Astronomy: A Very Short Introduction

The History of Astronomy: A Very Short Introduction  

Michael Hoskin

Print Publication Year: 
May 2003
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191775727
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192803061.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780192803061
The History of Astronomy: A Very Short Introduction traces the history of Western astronomy, from prehistoric times to the origins of astrophysics in the mid-nineteenth century ... More
The History of Chemistry: A Very Short Introduction

The History of Chemistry: A Very Short Introduction  

William H. Brock

Print Publication Year: 
Jan 2016
Published Online: 
Jan 2016
eISBN: 
9780191785085
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198716488.001.0001
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book
ISBN: 
9780198716488
From the earliest exploration of natural materials and their transformations to today’s materials science, chemistry has always been the central discipline that underpins both the physical ... More
The History of Life: A Very Short Introduction

The History of Life: A Very Short Introduction  

Michael J. Benton

Print Publication Year: 
Nov 2008
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777011
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199226320.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780199226320
The History of Life: A Very Short Introduction introduces ideas from a range of scientific disciplines, from evolutionary biology and earth history, to geochemistry, ... More
The History of Mathematics: A Very Short Introduction

The History of Mathematics: A Very Short Introduction  

Jacqueline Stedall

Print Publication Year: 
Feb 2012
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191778094
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199599684.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780199599684
The History of Mathematics: A Very Short Introduction is arranged thematically to exemplify the varied contexts in which people have learned, used, and handed on mathematics. ... More
The History of Physics: A Very Short Introduction

The History of Physics: A Very Short Introduction  

J. L. Heilbron

Print Publication Year: 
Jan 2018
Published Online: 
Jan 2018
eISBN: 
9780191782435
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199684120.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780199684120
How does today’s physics—highly professionalized; inextricably linked to government and industry—link back to its origins as a liberal art in ancient Greece? The History of Physics: A Very ... More
Hormones: A Very Short Introduction

Hormones: A Very Short Introduction  

Martin Luck

Print Publication Year: 
Jul 2014
Published Online: 
Jul 2014
eISBN: 
9780191780011
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199672875.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780199672875
Hormones balance and coordinate the workings of the body. There are many misconceptions about the endocrine system and few people are aware of its nature and importance. Hormones: A Very ... More
The Ice Age: A Very Short Introduction

The Ice Age: A Very Short Introduction  

Jamie Woodward

Print Publication Year: 
Jan 2014
Published Online: 
Jan 2014
eISBN: 
9780191779671
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199580699.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780199580699
The study of the Quaternary ice age has revolutionized ideas about Earth system change and the pace of landscape and ecosystem dynamics. The Ice Age: A Very Short Introduction looks at ... More
Infinity: A Very Short Introduction

Infinity: A Very Short Introduction  

Ian Stewart

Print Publication Year: 
Mar 2017
Published Online: 
Mar 2017
eISBN: 
9780191816574
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198755234.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780198755234
Infinity has connections to philosophy, religion, and physics as well as mathematics. The infinitely large (infinite) is intimately related to the infinitely small (infinitesimal). ... More
Information: A Very Short Introduction

Information: A Very Short Introduction  

Luciano Floridi

Print Publication Year: 
Feb 2010
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777349
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199551378.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780199551378
Information: A Very Short Introduction explores the concept of information, central to modern science and society, from thermodynamics and DNA to our use of the mobile phone ... More
Intelligence: A Very Short Introduction

Intelligence: A Very Short Introduction  

Ian J. Deary

Print Publication Year: 
Feb 2001
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191776854
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192893215.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780192893215
Intelligence: A Very Short Introduction describes how and why people differ in their thinking power by dealing with issues such as what intelligence is, whether there are ... More
Isotopes: A Very Short Introduction

Isotopes: A Very Short Introduction  

Rob Ellam

Print Publication Year: 
May 2016
Published Online: 
May 2016
eISBN: 
9780191790737
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198723622.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780198723622
An isotope is a variant form of a chemical element, containing a different number of neutrons in its nucleus. Most elements exist as several isotopes. Many are stable, others are ... More
Lakes: A Very Short Introduction

Lakes: A Very Short Introduction  

Warwick F. Vincent

Print Publication Year: 
Jan 2018
Published Online: 
Jan 2018
eISBN: 
9780191821035
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198766735.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780198766735
From the mysterious depths of Lake Vostok, Antarctica, to tropical floodplain lakes, inland seas, hydro-reservoirs, and numerous waterbodies in our local environment, lakes encompass a huge ... More
Landscapes and Geomorphology: A Very Short Introduction

Landscapes and Geomorphology: A Very Short Introduction  

Andrew Goudie and Heather Viles

Print Publication Year: 
Aug 2010
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777479
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199565573.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780199565573
Landscapes and Geomorphology: A Very Short Introduction presents an introduction to landscapes and the methods and techniques used to study it. Examining what landscapes are, ... More
The Laws of Thermodynamics: A Very Short Introduction

The Laws of Thermodynamics: A Very Short Introduction  

Peter Atkins

Print Publication Year: 
Mar 2010
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777608
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199572199.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780199572199
The Laws of Thermodynamics: A Very Short Introduction explains how the laws of thermodynamics establish fundamental concepts such as temperature and heat, and the nature of ... More
Learning: A Very Short Introduction

Learning: A Very Short Introduction  

Mark Haselgrove

Print Publication Year: 
Jul 2016
Published Online: 
Jul 2016
eISBN: 
9780191785412
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199688364.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780199688364
What is learning? How does it take place? What happens when it goes wrong? The topic of learning has been central to the development of the science of psychology since its inception. ... More
Light: A Very Short Introduction

Light: A Very Short Introduction  

Ian A. Walmsley

Print Publication Year: 
Sep 2015
Published Online: 
Sep 2015
eISBN: 
9780191782442
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199682690.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780199682690
Light enables us to see the world around us, and this sensation of vision has led to a fascination with the nature and properties of light. Light: A Very Short Introduction ... More
Magnetism: A Very Short Introduction

Magnetism: A Very Short Introduction  

Stephen J. Blundell

Print Publication Year: 
Jun 2012
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191778117
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199601202.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780199601202
Magnetism: A Very Short Introduction explains the mysteries and importance of magnetism. For centuries magnetism has been used for various exploits: as a great healer, a ... More
Mammals: A Very Short Introduction

Mammals: A Very Short Introduction  

T. S. Kemp

Print Publication Year: 
Sep 2017
Published Online: 
Sep 2017
eISBN: 
9780191821172
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198766940.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780198766940
Mammals: A Very Short Introduction explores the nature, evolutionary history, and modern diversity of mammals. From a little shrew-like, nocturnal, insect-eating ancestor ... More
Marine Biology: A Very Short Introduction

Marine Biology: A Very Short Introduction  

Philip V. Mladenov

Print Publication Year: 
Sep 2013
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191778407
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199695058.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780199695058
Marine Biology: A Very Short Introduction looks at marine life and marine processes. The marine environment is the largest, most important, and most mysterious habitat on our ... More
Materials: A Very Short Introduction

Materials: A Very Short Introduction  

Christopher Hall

Print Publication Year: 
Oct 2014
Published Online: 
Oct 2014
eISBN: 
9780191781247
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199672677.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780199672677
The study of materials and their properties forms a major area of research that supports innovation and technology. Using modern scientific techniques, material scientists can explore and ... More
Mathematical Finance: A Very Short Introduction

Mathematical Finance: A Very Short Introduction  

Mark H. A. Davis

Print Publication Year: 
Jan 2019
Published Online: 
Jan 2019
eISBN: 
9780191829932
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198787945.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780198787945
In recent years, the finance industry has mushroomed to become an important part of modern economies with many science and engineering graduates joining the industry as quantitative ... More
Mathematics: A Very Short Introduction

Mathematics: A Very Short Introduction  

Timothy Gowers

Print Publication Year: 
Aug 2002
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191776397
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192853615.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780192853615
The aim of Mathematics: A Very Short Introduction is to explain, carefully but not technically, the differences between advanced, research-level mathematics, and the sort of mathematics we ... More
Matter: A Very Short Introduction

Matter: A Very Short Introduction  

Geoff Cottrell

Print Publication Year: 
Mar 2019
Published Online: 
Mar 2019
eISBN: 
9780191844133
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198806547.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780198806547
Matter: A Very Short Introduction explains matter—the stuff of which your body and the universe is made—from elementary particles, to atoms, humans, planets, up to the ... More
Measurement: A Very Short Introduction

Measurement: A Very Short Introduction  

David J. Hand

Print Publication Year: 
Oct 2016
Published Online: 
Oct 2016
eISBN: 
9780191824609
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198779568.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780198779568
Measurement is a fundamental concept central to the sciences, social sciences, medicine, economics, government, and indeed also to everyday life. The history of measurement goes back to the ... More
Memory: A Very Short Introduction

Memory: A Very Short Introduction  

Jonathan K. Foster

Print Publication Year: 
Nov 2008
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191776212
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192806758.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780192806758
Memory: A Very Short Introduction weaves together case-studies, anecdotes, literature and philosophy, and the latest research in neuroscience and psychology to address these ... More
Michael Faraday: A Very Short Introduction

Michael Faraday: A Very Short Introduction  

Frank A.J.L James

Print Publication Year: 
Nov 2010
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777646
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199574315.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780199574315
Michael Faraday: A Very Short Introduction explores the life of one of the best-known scientific figures of the nineteenth century. Faraday's achievements — his discovery of ... More
MicrobiologyA Very Short Introduction

Microbiology: A Very Short Introduction  

Nicholas P. Money

Print Publication Year: 
Dec 2014
Published Online: 
Dec 2014
eISBN: 
9780191781605
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199681686.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780199681686
In recent decades we have come to realize that the microbial world is hugely diverse, and can be found in the most extreme environments. Fungi, single-celled protists, bacteria, archaea, ... More
Microscopy: A Very Short Introduction

Microscopy: A Very Short Introduction  

Terence Allen

Print Publication Year: 
May 2015
Published Online: 
May 2015
eISBN: 
9780191785290
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198701262.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780198701262
Microscopy is a dynamic area of science, incorporating both basic classroom microscopes and sophisticated research style instruments that can be driven by light, electrons, or X-rays. ... More
Minerals: A Very Short Introduction

Minerals: A Very Short Introduction  

David Vaughan

Print Publication Year: 
Oct 2014
Published Online: 
Oct 2014
eISBN: 
9780191781254
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199682843.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780199682843
Minerals existed long before any forms of life, playing a key role in the origin and evolution of life; an interaction with biological systems that we are only now beginning to understand. ... More
Molecules: A Very Short Introduction

Molecules: A Very Short Introduction  

Philip Ball

Print Publication Year: 
Nov 2003
Published Online: 
Apr 2014
eISBN: 
9780191776724
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192854308.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780192854308
Molecules: A Very Short Introduction investigates the nature of molecules and how molecular structures and activities underlie the properties of materials and the processes of ... More
Moons: A Very Short Introduction

Moons: A Very Short Introduction  

David A. Rothery

Print Publication Year: 
Nov 2015
Published Online: 
Dec 2015
eISBN: 
9780191799495
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198735274.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780198735274
Moons: A Very Short Introduction introduces the reader to the varied and fascinating moons of our Solar System. Beginning with the early discoveries of Galileo and others, it ... More

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