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## Algebra: A Very Short Introduction

*Peter M. Higgins*

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, ...
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## Combinatorics: A Very Short Introduction

*Robin Wilson*

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 ...
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## Complexity: A Very Short Introduction

*John H. Holland*

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 ...
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## Cryptography: A Very Short Introduction

*Fred Piper and Sean Murphy*

Cryptography: A Very Short Introduction provides a clear and informative introduction to cryptography and data protection — subjects of considerable social and political importance. It ...
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## Fractals: A Very Short Introduction

*Kenneth Falconer*

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, explains the ...
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## The History of Mathematics: A Very Short Introduction

*Jacqueline Stedall*

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. Using ...
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## Mathematics: A Very Short Introduction

*Timothy Gowers*

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 ...
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## Measurement: A Very Short Introduction

*David J. Hand*

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 ...
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## Networks: A Very Short Introduction

*Guido Caldarelli and Michele Catanzaro*

Networks: A Very Short Introduction considers the basic elements of network theory and its applications using everyday examples from society, technology, nature, and history. It is ...
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## Numbers: A Very Short Introduction

*Peter M. Higgins*

Numbers: A very Short Introduction unravels the world of numbers; demonstrating its richness, and providing a comprehensive view of the idea of the number. This VSI paints a picture of the ...
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