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1. Introduction

1. Introduction  

Fred Piper and Sean Murphy

in Cryptography: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
May 2002
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191775741
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192803153.003.0001
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9780192803153
The ‘Introduction’ outlines the aims of this VSI, which is to present a non-technical introduction to cryptology — the art and science of code-making and code-breaking — and to show why we ... More
2. The Language of Information

2. The Language of Information  

Luciano Floridi

in Information: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Feb 2010
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777349
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199551378.003.0003
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9780199551378
Information is a conceptual labyrinth, but ‘the language of information’ provides a means to find our bearings on this conceptual map. The information we use in everyday life is comprised ... More
1. The Information Revolution

1. The Information Revolution  

Luciano Floridi

in Information: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Feb 2010
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777349
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199551378.003.0002
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9780199551378
We are now in the midst of ‘the information revolution’. Mankind has been living in an information society since the Bronze Age, but only recently have our lives depended so much on ... More
Computer Science: A Very Short Introduction

Computer Science: A Very Short Introduction  

Subrata Dasgupta

Print Publication Year: 
Mar 2016
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Mar 2016
eISBN: 
9780191798146
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198733461.001.0001
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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
2. Computational artefacts

2. Computational artefacts  

Subrata Dasgupta

in Computer Science: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Mar 2016
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Mar 2016
eISBN: 
9780191798146
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198733461.003.0002
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9780198733461
The modern computer is a hierarchically organized system of computational artefacts. Inventing, understanding, and applying rules and principles of hierarchy is a subdiscipline of computer ... More
6. Nature's patterns

6. Nature's patterns  

Ian Stewart

in Symmetry: A Very Short Introduction

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May 2013
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Sep 2013
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9780191778292
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199651986.003.0007
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9780199651986
‘Nature's patterns’ explores symmetry in the natural world. Bilateral symmetry in organisms has been shown to be controlled genetically. However, anatomical symmetry is broken in some organ ... More
5. Robots and artificial life

5. Robots and artificial life  

Margaret A. Boden

in Artificial Intelligence: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Aug 2018
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Aug 2018
eISBN: 
9780191821448
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199602919.003.0005
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9780199602919
Artificial life (A-Life) models biological systems. Like AI, it has both technological and scientific aims. ‘Robots and artificial life’ explains that A-Life is integral to AI, because all ... More
Artificial Intelligence: A Very Short Introduction

Artificial Intelligence: A Very Short Introduction  

Margaret A. Boden

Print Publication Year: 
Aug 2018
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Aug 2018
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9780191821448
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199602919.001.0001
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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
Robotics: A Very Short Introduction

Robotics: A Very Short Introduction  

Alan Winfield

Print Publication Year: 
Sep 2012
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191778414
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199695980.001.0001
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9780199695980
Robotics: A Very Short Introduction explains how it is that robotics can be both a success story and a disappointment, how robots can be both ordinary and remarkable, and looks ... More
1. What is a robot?

1. What is a robot?  

Alan Winfield

in Robotics: A Very Short Introduction

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Sep 2012
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Sep 2013
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9780191778414
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10.1093/actrade/9780199695980.003.0001
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9780199695980
‘What is a robot?’ discusses three definitions of 'a robot': an artificial device that can sense its environment and purposefully act on or in that environment; an embodied artificial ... More
Information: A Very Short Introduction

Information: A Very Short Introduction  

Luciano Floridi

Print Publication Year: 
Feb 2010
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777349
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199551378.001.0001
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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
14. Halt! What goes there?

14. Halt! What goes there?  

Graham Priest

in Logic: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

Print Publication Year: 
Oct 2017
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Oct 2017
eISBN: 
9780191848513
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198811701.003.0014
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9780198811701
‘Halt! What goes there?’ looks at some results about what formal reasoning can and can’t do, and some of the philosophical implications of these facts. It considers the workings of ... More
7. Computational thinking

7. Computational thinking  

Subrata Dasgupta

in Computer Science: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Mar 2016
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Mar 2016
eISBN: 
9780191798146
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198733461.003.0007
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9780198733461
What is computational thinking? The AI researcher Paul Rosenbloom’s interpretation focuses on two relationships: interaction (a ‘reciprocal action, effect or influence’ between two ... More

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