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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
AlgebraA 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
Amphibians: A Very Short Introduction

Amphibians: A Very Short Introduction  

T. S. Kemp

Print Publication Year: 
Jul 2021
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Jul 2021
eISBN: 
9780191878886
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198842989.001.0001
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book
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9780198842989
Amphibians: A Very Short Introduction discusses amphibian evolution, adaptations, and biology. From frogs, toads, newts, and salamanders, to the lesser-known caecilians, there ... 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
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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
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Mar 2018
eISBN: 
9780191834738
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198792987.001.0001
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Mar 2017
eISBN: 
9780191788970
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198722038.001.0001
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book
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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
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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
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777752
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199578764.001.0001
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book
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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
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Nov 2017
eISBN: 
9780191824616
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198779575.001.0001
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book
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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
Biochemistry: A Very Short Introduction

Biochemistry: A Very Short Introduction  

Mark Lorch

Print Publication Year: 
May 2021
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May 2021
eISBN: 
9780191872235
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198833871.001.0001
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book
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9780198833871
Biochemistry: A Very Short Introduction discusses the key concepts of biochemistry, as well as the historical figures in the field and the molecules they studied. From bacteria ... More
Biogeography: A Very Short Introduction

Biogeography: A Very Short Introduction  

Mark V. Lomolino

Print Publication Year: 
Jul 2020
Published Online: 
Jul 2020
eISBN: 
9780191884504
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198850069.001.0001
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book
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9780198850069
Biogeography: A Very Short Introduction explains how our ability to place life in an explicit geographic context is key to understanding our natural world. The geological ... 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
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book
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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
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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
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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
Niels Bohr: A Very Short Introduction

Niels Bohr: A Very Short Introduction  

J. L. Heilbron

Print Publication Year: 
Jan 2020
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Jan 2020
eISBN: 
9780191859861
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198819264.001.0001
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book
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9780198819264
Niels Bohr: A Very Short Introduction covers the life and work of the pioneer of the quantum theory of the atom who ranks with Einstein in importance for the development of ... 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
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
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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
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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
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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
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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
Item type: 
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
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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 (2nd edn)  

Charles Sheppard

Print Publication Year: 
Apr 2021
Published Online: 
Apr 2021
eISBN: 
9780191912474
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198869825.001.0001
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book
ISBN: 
9780198869825
Reefs and the coral life that builds them were for centuries a source of mystery to naturalists and hazard to seafarers. Many ideas were developed of what built them and why they all ... 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
CrystallographyA 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
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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
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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
Ecology: A Very Short Introduction

Ecology: A Very Short Introduction  

Jaboury Ghazoul

Print Publication Year: 
Aug 2020
Published Online: 
Aug 2020
eISBN: 
9780191869013
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198831013.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780198831013
Ecology is the science of how organisms interact with each other and their environment to form communities and ecosystems. Ecology: A Very Short Introduction explains the history of ... More

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