Eight new books have been added to Very Short Introductions this month. Find out more below:
- The Atmosphere: A Very Short Introduction, by Paul I. Palmer, describes the physical and chemical characteristics of different layers in the atmosphere, and shows how its interactions with land, ocean, and ice affect these properties.
- Circadian Rhythms: A Very Short Introduction, by Russell Foster and Leon Kreitzman, explains how organisms can ‘know’ the time and reveals what we now understand of the nature and operation of chronobiological processes.
- The Dead Sea Scrolls: A Very Short Introduction (new edition), by Timothy H. Lim, discusses the cultural significance of their discovery and the religious, political, and legal controversies during the seventy years of study since they were found.
- The Future: A Very Short Introduction, by Jennifer M. Gidley, introduces the exciting field of future studies, spanning social, cultural, and environmental innovations, as well as technological advances.
- The Habsburg Empire: A Very Short Introduction, by Martyn Rady, looks at the history of the Habsburgs from their 10th-century origins in Switzerland, to the dissolution of the Habsburg Empire in 1918.
- Infinity: A Very Short Introduction, by Ian Stewart, explains the mathematical concept of infinity, its different forms, and its uses in calculus, Fourier analysis, and fractals, and also describes the philosophical aspects and debates involving infinity.
- Intellectual Property: A Very Short Introduction, by Siva Vaidhyanathan, clarifies both the basic terms and the major conflicts surrounding this area of law, offering an introduction to copyright, patents, trademarks, and more.
- Organic Chemistry: A Very Short Introduction, by Graham Patrick, covers the whole range of organic compounds and their roles, from the basic groups to pharmaceuticals, polymers, food and drink, petrochemicals, and nanotechnology.