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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
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. 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
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9780191777172
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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
3. Malice

3. Malice  

Malcolm Gaskill

in Witchcraft: A Very Short Introduction

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Mar 2010
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Sep 2013
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9780191777158
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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
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
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
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
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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
7. Measurement and understanding

7. Measurement and understanding  

David J. Hand

in Measurement: A Very Short Introduction

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Oct 2016
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Oct 2016
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9780191824609
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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
Epilogue

Epilogue  

Timothy Clifton

in Gravity: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2017
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Feb 2017
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9780191795862
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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. 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
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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
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
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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
2. The age of gravity – time for work

2. The age of gravity – time for work  

David Blockley

in Engineering: A Very Short Introduction

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Mar 2012
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Sep 2013
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9780191777738
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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
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
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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. Magnetism and relativity

5. Magnetism and relativity  

Stephan Blundell

in Magnetism: A Very Short Introduction

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Jun 2012
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Sep 2013
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9780191778117
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10.1093/actrade/9780199601202.003.0005
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9780199601202
‘Magnetism and relativity’ considers Albert Einstein's theory of relativity. Electric forces are incredibly strong; they are what hold all rigid objects together — bridges, walls, and ... More
7. Spin

7. Spin  

Stephan Blundell

in Magnetism: A Very Short Introduction

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Jun 2012
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Sep 2013
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9780191778117
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10.1093/actrade/9780199601202.003.0007
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9780199601202
‘Spin’ considers the movement of electrons orbiting around the nucleus of an atom. Physicists such as Wolfgang Pauli, Pieter Zeeman, Ralph Kronig, George Uhlenbeck, Samuel Goudsmit, ... 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

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Mar 2012
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Sep 2013
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9780191777738
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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
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9780191777738
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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. Galileo and the philosophy of science

2. Galileo and the philosophy of science  

Thomas Dixon

in Science and Religion: A Very Short Introduction

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Jul 2008
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Sep 2013
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9780191777172
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199295517.003.0002
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9780199295517
Debates about science and religion virtually always involve disagreements about the relative authority of different sources of knowledge. ‘Galileo and the philosophy of science’ looks at ... More
11. St Martin of Messkirch?

11. St Martin of Messkirch?  

Michael Inwood

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

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Jan 2019
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Jan 2019
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9780191867095
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10.1093/actrade/9780198828662.003.0011
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9780198828662
‘St Martin of Messkirch?’ assesses Heidegger’s relationship with Nazism, his anti-Semitism, and his philosophical standing. Nazism did not inform his philosophy, nor can his philosophy be ... More
4. Interlude: galactic mediocrity

4. Interlude: galactic mediocrity  

John Gribbin

in Galaxies: A Very Short Introduction

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Mar 2008
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777103
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10.1093/actrade/9780199234349.003.0005
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9780199234349
‘Interlude: Galactic mediocrity’ outlines why the lack of unusual features in the Milky Way is important. The Scientific Revolution can be said to have begun when Copernicus postulated his ... More

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