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8. The Ethics of Information

8. The Ethics of Information  

Luciano Floridi

in Information: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Feb 2010
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Sep 2013
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9780191777349
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199551378.003.0009
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9780199551378
‘The ethics of information’ explores the ethical implications of the information revolution. The RPT model states that information can be treated as a resource, a product, or a target. All ... More
Epilogue

Epilogue  

Timothy Clifton

in Gravity: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Feb 2017
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Feb 2017
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9780191795862
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198729143.003.0007
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9780198729143
Our understanding of gravity has developed rapidly over the past century. This began with Einstein’s revolutionary new theory and continued with sustained developments in both our ... More
6. Geometry

6. Geometry  

Timothy Gowers

in Mathematics: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2002
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Sep 2013
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9780191776397
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10.1093/actrade/9780192853615.003.0006
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9780192853615
‘Geometry’ begins with the Euclidean geometry, the geometry with which most people are familiar. Euclid's Elements, written in around 300bc, started with five axioms from which Euclid ... More
2. The age of gravity – time for work

2. The age of gravity – time for work  

David Blockley

in Engineering: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Mar 2012
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777738
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199578696.003.0002
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9780199578696
‘The age of gravity — time for work’ looks at the development of the concepts of force and time, and how these affected the earliest tools which worked against the force of gravity. From ... More
Introduction

Introduction  

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
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10.1093/actrade/9780199651986.003.0001
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9780199651986
Symmetry has influenced art and natural philosophy for millennia, and is indispensable in mathematics and science. It was originally an informal description, often used metaphorically. ... More
3. Thinking of God

3. Thinking of God  

David F. Ford

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

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Oct 2013
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Oct 2013
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9780191779855
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10.1093/actrade/9780199679973.003.0003
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9780199679973
‘Thinking of God’ is concerned with the basic question: Is God real? There are two crucial issues embraced by the question of God's reality. The first is: What is meant by God? The second ... More
3. Tough but slippery

3. Tough but slippery  

Christopher Hall

in Materials: A Very Short Introduction

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Oct 2014
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Oct 2014
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9780191781247
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199672677.003.0003
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9780199672677
‘Tough but slippery’ considers the physical characteristics of materials. Understanding properties in certain materials allows us to predict their behaviour and to use them appropriately in ... More
3. Does God act in nature?

3. Does God act in nature?  

Thomas Dixon

in Science and Religion: A Very Short Introduction

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Jul 2008
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777172
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199295517.003.0003
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9780199295517
Believers as well as sceptics ask themselves whether stories of the miraculous and the supernatural are really credible in a scientific age. ‘Does God act in nature?’ asks: Does the success ... More
7. Measurement and understanding

7. Measurement and understanding  

David J. Hand

in Measurement: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Oct 2016
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Oct 2016
eISBN: 
9780191824609
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198779568.003.0007
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9780198779568
While the quest for increased accuracy may be driven by the needs of applications, the effort to achieve accuracy of measurement itself stimulates other developments, in terms of measuring ... More
3. Malice

3. Malice  

Malcolm Gaskill

in Witchcraft: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Mar 2010
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Sep 2013
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9780191777158
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199236954.003.0003
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9780199236954
‘Malice’ argues that, while the Scientific Revolution is credited with ending belief in witchcraft, the Industrial Revolution was equally significant, delivering a liberating prosperity. A ... More
6. The electronic age

6. The electronic age  

Jim Bennett

in Navigation: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Feb 2017
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Feb 2017
eISBN: 
9780191798153
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10.1093/actrade/9780198733713.003.0006
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9780198733713
The application of radio waves triggered a wholly new approach to navigation at sea. ‘The electronic age’ begins with Radio Direction Finding introduced at the start of the 20th century ... More
5. Togetherness

5. Togetherness  

John Polkinghorne

in Quantum Theory: A Very Short Introduction

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May 2002
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Sep 2013
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9780191775598
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192802521.003.0005
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9780192802521
‘Togetherness’ reviews Einstein's thought experiments, each of which purported in some way to circumvent the limitations of the Heisenberg uncertainty principle, and Niels Bohr's success in ... More
The History of Physics: A Very Short Introduction

The History of Physics: A Very Short Introduction  

J. L. Heilbron

Print Publication Year: 
Jan 2018
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Jan 2018
eISBN: 
9780191782435
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199684120.001.0001
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book
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9780199684120
How does today’s physics—highly professionalized; inextricably linked to government and industry—link back to its origins as a liberal art in ancient Greece? The History of Physics: A Very ... More
5. The Institute

5. The Institute  

J. L. Heilbron

in Niels Bohr: A Very Short Introduction

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Jan 2020
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Jan 2020
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9780191859861
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10.1093/actrade/9780198819264.003.0005
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9780198819264
‘The Institute’ describes the work undertaken at Bohr’s headquarters in Copenhagen. It prospered under the ‘Copenhagen Spirit’, as Heisenberg called Bohr’s approach to quantum problems, and ... 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
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9780191859861
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10.1093/actrade/9780198819264.001.0001
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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
1. A richly furnished mind

1. A richly furnished mind  

J. L. Heilbron

in Niels Bohr: A Very Short Introduction

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Jan 2020
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Jan 2020
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9780191859861
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10.1093/actrade/9780198819264.003.0001
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9780198819264
Niels Bohr was born in Copenhagen in 1885. ‘A richly furnished mind’ describes the Christian and Jewish elements of his childhood and upbringing, and his relationship with his fiancée ... More
Trigonometry: A Very Short Introduction

Trigonometry: A Very Short Introduction  

Glen Van Brummelen

Print Publication Year: 
Jan 2020
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Jan 2020
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9780191851896
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198814313.001.0001
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book
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9780198814313
Trigonometry: A Very Short Introduction draws together the full history of trigonometry, stretching across two millennia and several cultures such as ancient Greece, medieval ... More
4. The age of electromagnetism – the power of attraction

4. The age of electromagnetism – the power of attraction  

David Blockley

in Engineering: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Mar 2012
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777738
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199578696.003.0004
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9780199578696
‘The age of electromagnetism—the power of attraction’ shows how electromagnetism is used to perform work. It was Faraday who first showed that electromagnetism could perform work. ... More
6. The age of systems – risky futures

6. The age of systems – risky futures  

David Blockley

in Engineering: A Very Short Introduction

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Mar 2012
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777738
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199578696.003.0006
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9780199578696
‘The age of systems: risky futures’ outlines the idea of system complexity in modern engineering, and how multilayered systems can lead to knowledge gaps and ultimately risk. Engineers aim ... More
2. Is objectivity a form of honesty?

2. Is objectivity a form of honesty?  

Stephen Gaukroger

in Objectivity: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
May 2012
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191778216
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199606696.003.0002
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chapter
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9780199606696
‘Is objectivity a form of honesty?’ looks at the claim that a feature of objectivity, one that establishes its standing as a central cultural value, is that it is a form of intellectual ... More

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