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Introduction

Introduction  

Luciano Floridi

in Information: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2010
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Sep 2013
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9780191777349
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199551378.003.0001
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9780199551378
Information is notorious for coming in many forms and having many meanings. The plethora of different interpretations can be confusing, and complaints about misunderstandings and misuses of ... More
3. Do you know what I mean?

3. Do you know what I mean?  

Michael Beaney

in Analytic Philosophy: A Very Short introduction

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Nov 2017
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Nov 2017
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9780191823442
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10.1093/actrade/9780198778028.003.0004
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9780198778028
From the very origins of philosophy, philosophers have been especially conscious of the inadequacies and limitations of language. But they have disagreed on whether this reflects a ... More
2. Origins of symmetry

2. Origins of symmetry  

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/9780199651986.003.0003
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9780199651986
‘Origins of symmetry’ investigates the discovery of symmetry. Symmetry was recognized for millennia before it was mathematically defined. Mathematicians believed that the only obstacle to ... More
3. Perceptions of language

3. Perceptions of language  

John Edwards

in Sociolinguistics: A Very Short Introduction

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Jul 2013
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Sep 2013
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9780199365920
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10.1093/actrade/9780199858613.003.0003
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9780199858613
‘Perceptions of language’ explores studies of the perception of language varieties, and argues that while listeners may believe that some varieties are grammatically or aesthetically ... More
Organic Chemistry: A Very Short Introduction

Organic Chemistry: A Very Short Introduction  

Graham Patrick

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Mar 2017
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Mar 2017
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9780191820779
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10.1093/actrade/9780198759775.001.0001
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9780198759775
Organic chemistry is the chemistry of compounds of carbon. As well as being central to life, in the form of large molecules such as nucleic acids and proteins, organic compounds are ... More
Infinity: A Very Short Introduction

Infinity: A Very Short Introduction  

Ian Stewart

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Mar 2017
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Mar 2017
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9780191816574
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10.1093/actrade/9780198755234.001.0001
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9780198755234
Infinity has connections to philosophy, religion, and physics as well as mathematics. The infinitely large (infinite) is intimately related to the infinitely small (infinitesimal). ... More
1. Life and work

1. Life and work  

A. C. Grayling

in Russell: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Feb 2002
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Sep 2013
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9780191775659
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10.1093/actrade/9780192802583.003.0001
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9780192802583
‘Life and work’ outlines the contributions of Bertrand Russell to the technical fields of logic and philosophy as well as describing his private life — his marriages, agnosticism, pacifism, ... More
2. Why did the analysis of dream content fail to become a science?

2. Why did the analysis of dream content fail to become a science?  

J. Allan Hobson

in Dreaming: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Apr 2005
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Sep 2013
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9780191775499
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10.1093/actrade/9780192802156.003.0002
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9780192802156
‘Why did the analysis of dream content fail to become a science?’ focuses on Freud's psychoanalytic model as it was developed in his Project for a Scientific Psychology (1895) and The ... More
6. Emergence of networks

6. Emergence of networks  

Guido Caldarelli and Michele Catanzaro

in Networks: A Very Short Introduction

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Oct 2012
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Sep 2013
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9780191777936
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10.1093/actrade/9780199588077.003.0006
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9780199588077
‘Emergence of networks’ considers a range of network models that explain how local mechanisms, without global planning, can generate large-scale, complex, ordered, and efficient structures. ... More
9. All the world’s a net; or not?

9. All the world’s a net; or not?  

Guido Caldarelli and Michele Catanzaro

in Networks: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Oct 2012
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Sep 2013
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9780191777936
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10.1093/actrade/9780199588077.003.0009
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9780199588077
‘All the world's a net; or not?’ summarizes the extent and limitations of network science. There are warnings about the generalizations drawn from network theory, but the results of network ... More
5. Law and society

5. Law and society  

Raymond Wacks

in Philosophy of Law: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

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Feb 2014
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Feb 2014
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9780191779664
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199687008.003.0005
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9780199687008
‘Law and society’ examines the sociological approach to law, focusing on the two giants of social theory — Émile Durkheim and Max Weber. It also explains the Marxist materialist account of ... More
5. Counselling

5. Counselling  

Tom Burns and Eva Burns‐Lundgren

in Psychotherapy: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Jan 2015
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Jan 2015
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9780191781599
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10.1093/actrade/9780199689361.003.0005
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9780199689361
Counselling refers to a confidential relationship between a client and an individual who is trained to listen attentively and who will try and help you to improve things through support and ... More
4. The analysis of knowledge

4. The analysis of knowledge  

Jennifer Nagel

in Knowledge: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Sep 2014
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Sep 2014
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9780191779916
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199661268.003.0004
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9780199661268
‘The analysis of knowledge’ begins with Edmund Gettier who challenged the ‘classical analysis of knowledge’ that equates knowledge with justified true belief. His no-false-belief proposal ... More
3. The synthesis and analysis of organic compounds

3. The synthesis and analysis of organic compounds  

Graham Patrick

in Organic Chemistry: A Very Short Introduction

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Mar 2017
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Mar 2017
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9780191820779
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10.1093/actrade/9780198759775.003.0003
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9780198759775
The design of novel medicines, insecticides, perfumes, flavourings, or polymeric materials relies crucially on organic chemists. ‘The synthesis and analysis of organic compounds’ outlines ... More
Introduction

Introduction  

Baruch Fischhoff and John Kadvany

in Risk: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
May 2011
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777714
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199576203.003.0001
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9780199576203
Where does risk come from? How does it exact its price? What causes risk? The Introduction answers these questions by looking at the issue of risk for individuals and societies in the world ... More
7. Risk, culture, and society

7. Risk, culture, and society  

Baruch Fischhoff and John Kadvany

in Risk: A Very Short Introduction

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May 2011
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Sep 2013
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9780191777714
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10.1093/actrade/9780199576203.003.0008
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9780199576203
‘Risk, culture and society’ frames risk management within society as a whole. The modern study of risk began with assessing probability of defined events, and developed into a science with ... More
Risk: A Very Short Introduction

Risk: A Very Short Introduction  

Baruch Fischhoff and John Kadvany

Print Publication Year: 
May 2011
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777714
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199576203.001.0001
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book
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9780199576203
Risk: A Very Short Introduction draws on the sciences and humanities to explore and explain the many kinds of risk. We find risks — from genetically modified crops, medical ... More
4. The nature of music

4. The nature of music  

Timothy Rice

in Ethnomusicology: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Jan 2014
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Dec 2013
eISBN: 
9780199375257
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199794379.003.0004
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9780199794379
‘The nature of music’ looks at the contribution of the study of ethnomusicology to current theoretical thinking on what music fundamentally is. Ethnomusicologists have been able to combine ... More
8. Knowing about knowing

8. Knowing about knowing  

Jennifer Nagel

in Knowledge: A Very Short Introduction

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Sep 2014
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Sep 2014
eISBN: 
9780191779916
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199661268.003.0008
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chapter
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9780199661268
Mindreading is the natural capacity that generates instinctive feelings about another person's knowledge and other mental states. ‘Knowing about knowing’ explains that humans have ... More
Complexity: A Very Short Introduction

Complexity: A Very Short Introduction  

John H. Holland

Print Publication Year: 
Jul 2014
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Jul 2014
eISBN: 
9780191780004
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199662548.001.0001
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book
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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

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