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Epilogue

Epilogue  

Martin Redfern

in The Earth: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Jun 2003
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191775734
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192803078.003.0008
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chapter
ISBN: 
9780192803078
This ‘Epilogue’ seeks to review the evidence presented in the book to show the different forces at work on the Earth and how man is seeking to understand them better and increasingly ... More
1. Aristotle's quartet: the elements in antiquity

1. Aristotle's quartet: the elements in antiquity  

Philip Ball

in The Elements: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Apr 2004
Published Online: 
Apr 2014
eISBN: 
9780191776298
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192840998.003.0001
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chapter
ISBN: 
9780192840998
‘Aristotle's quartet: the elements in antiquity’ outlines how the study of elements progressed from ancient Greece to the seventeenth century. The Aristotelian system of elements claimed ... More
1. The changing landscape

1. The changing landscape  

Andrew Goudie and Heather Viles

in Landscapes and Geomorphology: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Aug 2010
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777479
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199565573.003.0001
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chapter
ISBN: 
9780199565573
‘The changing landscape’ outlines the three main elements of geomorphology: landforms (such as river valleys, beaches, yardangs), Earth surface processes (exogenic, or ‘outside’ processes, ... More
5. Living landscapes

5. Living landscapes  

Andrew Goudie and Heather Viles

in Landscapes and Geomorphology: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Aug 2010
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777479
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199565573.003.0005
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chapter
ISBN: 
9780199565573
How does the living landscape function? ‘Living landscapes’ investigates how plants and animals are influenced by geomorphy and how geomorphy is influenced by plants and animals. Landscapes ... More
9. Magnetism on Earth and in space

9. Magnetism on Earth and in space  

Stephan Blundell

in Magnetism: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Jun 2012
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191778117
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199601202.003.0009
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chapter
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9780199601202
‘Magnetism on Earth and in space’ considers why the Earth behaves as a magnet, how the Earth's magnetism protects us from deadly cosmic radiation, and also describes the magnetism in ... More
6. One of God’s chosen few

6. One of God’s chosen few  

Rob Iliffe

in Newton: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Jan 2007
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777202
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199298037.003.0006
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chapter
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9780199298037
‘One of God's chosen few’ explains how at some point, probably in the early 1670s, Newton became a radical anti-trinitarian, holding that the conventional doctrine of the Holy Trinity was ... More
10. Centaurs and other animals

10. Centaurs and other animals  

Rob Iliffe

in Newton: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Jan 2007
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777202
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199298037.003.0010
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chapter
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9780199298037
‘Centaurs and other animals’ examines the final decade of Newton's life. Newton continued his relentless pursuit of religious truth: massive drafts on early church history survive, many ... More
5. Against the odds

5. Against the odds  

Keith Thomson

in Fossils: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Oct 2005
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191776090
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192805041.003.0005
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chapter
ISBN: 
9780192805041
‘Against the odds’ describes the processes and conditions of fossil formation, the study of which is termed taphonomy. Fossils represent a tiny fraction of the diversity of life that has ... More
6. Civil engineering: looking forward

6. Civil engineering: looking forward  

David Muir Wood

in Civil Engineering: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Sep 2012
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777721
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199578634.003.0007
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chapter
ISBN: 
9780199578634
Civil engineering can look back on a history of finding successful solutions to all manner of problems in the infrastructure of modern society. But what of the future? ‘Civil engineering: ... More
2. Unlimited energy?

2. Unlimited energy?  

Claudio Tuniz

in Radioactivity: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Jul 2012
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191778391
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199692422.003.0002
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chapter
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9780199692422
‘Unlimited energy?’ shows that the Earth produces a vast amount of energy through natural radiation. Geothermal power generation can harness this energy and 40 countries in Africa, Central ... More
2. The Earth as a magnet

2. The Earth as a magnet  

Stephan Blundell

in Magnetism: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Jun 2012
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191778117
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199601202.003.0002
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chapter
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9780199601202
In the field of magnetism no-one made a bigger contribution to the importance of rational deduction and experimental testing than William Gilbert. ‘The Earth as a magnet’ discusses his ... More
Water: A Very Short Introduction

Water: A Very Short Introduction  

John Finney

Print Publication Year: 
Aug 2015
Published Online: 
Aug 2015
eISBN: 
9780191785597
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198708728.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780198708728
Water dominates the surface of Earth and is vital to life on our planet. It is a remarkable liquid that shows anomalous behaviour. Water: A Very Short Introduction introduces the science of ... More
2. How empty is an atom?

2. How empty is an atom?  

Frank Close

in Nothing: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Jun 2009
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777004
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199225866.003.0002
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chapter
ISBN: 
9780199225866
‘How empty is an atom?’ explains how even ‘empty’ space is filled with forces. Atoms are not the ultimate particle: they are nearly all empty space. This space is filled with electric and ... More
2. Erratic boulders and the diluvium

2. Erratic boulders and the diluvium  

Jamie Woodward

in The Ice Age: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Jan 2014
Published Online: 
Jan 2014
eISBN: 
9780191779671
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199580699.003.0003
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chapter
ISBN: 
9780199580699
‘Erratic boulders and the diluvium’ explores some of the key ideas in geology in the early 19th century. It sets out some of the problems faced by early geologists as they attempted to make ... More
7. Tracing the origin and the evolution of Earth

7. Tracing the origin and the evolution of Earth  

Claudio Tuniz

in Radioactivity: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Jul 2012
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191778391
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199692422.003.0007
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chapter
ISBN: 
9780199692422
‘Tracing the origin and the evolution of Earth’ outlines some of the key chapters in the history of the Earth where radioactivity and radiation play a critical role. It starts with the Big ... More
2. Deep time

2. Deep time  

Martin Redfern

in The Earth: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Jun 2003
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191775734
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192803078.003.0002
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chapter
ISBN: 
9780192803078
‘Deep time’ examines the importance of not just the spatial dimensions of Earth but time and story of Earth's history. The theories of Earth's history are traced from biblical history to ... More
6. Tides and the Earth

6. Tides and the Earth  

David George Bowers and Emyr Martyn Roberts

in Tides: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Nov 2019
Published Online: 
Nov 2019
eISBN: 
9780191865657
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198826637.003.0006
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chapter
ISBN: 
9780198826637
‘Tides and the Earth’ explains that the energy in tides comes, ultimately, from the Earth’s spin. Tidal streams, rubbing against the seabed, lose energy through friction and, to make up for ... More
8. New frontiers

8. New frontiers  

David George Bowers and Emyr Martyn Roberts

in Tides: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Nov 2019
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Nov 2019
eISBN: 
9780191865657
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198826637.003.0008
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chapter
ISBN: 
9780198826637
‘New frontiers’ considers where the future lies for tidal studies. On our own planet there are discoveries to be made in difficult-to-reach places such as deep-sea ecosystems. The ... More
2. Making tides

2. Making tides  

David George Bowers and Emyr Martyn Roberts

in Tides: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Nov 2019
Published Online: 
Nov 2019
eISBN: 
9780191865657
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198826637.003.0002
Item type: 
chapter
ISBN: 
9780198826637
‘Making tides’ explains the forces that generate tides and the scientific discoveries that helped to explain them. Every point in the ocean experiences a tide-generating force changing in ... More
5. Making and breaking nuclei

5. Making and breaking nuclei  

Frank Close

in Nuclear Physics: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Jul 2015
Published Online: 
Jul 2015
eISBN: 
9780191788062
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198718635.003.0005
Item type: 
chapter
ISBN: 
9780198718635
‘Making and breaking nuclei’ describes the process by which the atomic elements came to be in the early universe. The heat energy in the big bang, some 13.7 billion years ago, converted ... More

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