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4. Humanoid and android robots

4. Humanoid and android robots  

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
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199695980.003.0004
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9780199695980
We are fascinated with robots that look like us. There are good reasons why robots that need to work with people should look like them: so they can share human tools and workspaces and ... More
Introduction

Introduction  

Frank A. J. L. James

in Michael Faraday: A Very Short Introduction

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Nov 2010
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Sep 2013
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9780191777646
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10.1093/actrade/9780199574315.003.0001
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9780199574315
Michael Faraday's science addressed three key themes: research, communication, and application. These themes linked in various ways during his lifetime, although the relative amount of time ... More
4. Semantic Information

4. Semantic Information  

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
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10.1093/actrade/9780199551378.003.0005
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9780199551378
‘Semantic information’ gives a detailed description of several ways of describing semantic information, and outlines problems associated with these methodologies. Unlike the Mathematical ... More
2. Variation and change

2. Variation and change  

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/9780199858613.003.0002
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9780199858613
Since, at base, sociolinguistics is about the linkages between language and society, inquiries into language variation are central. ‘Variation and change’ asks: Where change implies the ... More
6. Civil engineering: looking forward

6. Civil engineering: looking forward  

David Muir Wood

in Civil Engineering: A Very Short Introduction

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Sep 2012
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Sep 2013
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9780191777721
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10.1093/actrade/9780199578634.003.0007
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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
1. Ritualization

1. Ritualization  

Barry Stephenson

in Ritual: A Very Short Introduction

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Jan 2015
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Feb 2015
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9780199394432
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10.1093/actrade/9780199943524.003.0002
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‘Ritualization’ considers one of the cornerstones of ritual studies—ritualization. It begins with ethology, the study of animal behaviour and goes on to discuss ritualization theory and how ... More
3. Mathematical Information

3. Mathematical Information  

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
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10.1093/actrade/9780199551378.003.0004
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‘Mathematical information’ explores mathematical approaches to investigating information. The Mathematical Theory of Communication (MTC) is the most important of these approaches, and aims ... More
3. Management and authority

3. Management and authority  

John Hendry

in Management: A Very Short Introduction

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Oct 2013
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Oct 2013
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9780191779947
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10.1093/actrade/9780199656981.003.0003
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9780199656981
‘Management and authority’ describes two different approaches to management. One approach is rational: the organization is seen as in some sense a machine, and the principal task of ... More
3. Multilingualism, myth, and controversies

3. Multilingualism, myth, and controversies  

John C. Maher

in Multilingualism: A Very Short Introduction

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May 2017
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May 2017
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9780191792465
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10.1093/actrade/9780198724995.003.0003
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9780198724995
Analysing people’s beliefs about language is important for education and for our common understanding about how language works. ‘Multilingualism, myth, and controversies’ considers six ... More
6. Risk communication

6. Risk communication  

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/9780199576203.003.0007
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9780199576203
‘Risk communication’ shows how risks are communicated between parties in society, and how effective risk communication is essential to society. Risk communications affect individuals' ... More
7. Globalization and the rise of network governance

7. Globalization and the rise of network governance  

Stella Z. Theodoulou and Ravi K. Roy

in Public Administration: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2016
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Aug 2016
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9780191792014
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10.1093/actrade/9780198724230.003.0007
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9780198724230
The forces of globalization are compelling public administrators to direct their attention increasingly towards transnational forms of governance. ‘Globalization and the rise of network ... More
Hermeneutics: A Very Short Introduction

Hermeneutics: A Very Short Introduction  

Jens Zimmermann

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Oct 2015
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Oct 2015
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9780191781582
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199685356.001.0001
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9780199685356
Hermeneutics is the branch of knowledge that deals with interpretation. As humans, we decipher the meaning of newspaper articles, books, legal matters, religious texts, political speeches, ... More
6. Robotic futures

6. Robotic futures  

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
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199695980.003.0006
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9780199695980
The story of robots is still unfolding. ‘Robotic futures’ looks to the future of robotic science in space exploration and other areas of everyday life. Would it be possible to build a ... More
7. Virtual work

7. Virtual work  

Stephen Fineman

in Work: A Very Short Introduction

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Nov 2012
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Sep 2013
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9780191778452
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10.1093/actrade/9780199699360.003.0007
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9780199699360
Information technologies penetrate almost all aspects of our lives. In developed societies many occupations are in some way virtualized. The traditional notion of ‘going to work’ has been ... More
4. Technological change

4. Technological change  

Alex Roland

in War and Technology: A Very Short Introduction

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Oct 2016
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Oct 2016
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9780190605414
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10.1093/actrade/9780190605384.003.0004
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9780190605384
‘Technological change’ presents three perspectives on the nature of change in military technology: research and development, dual-use technologies, and military revolutions. World War II ... More
3. The immorality of an age

3. The immorality of an age  

Patrick Gardiner

in Kierkegaard: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2002
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Sep 2013
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9780191775635
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10.1093/actrade/9780192802569.003.0003
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9780192802569
Kierkegaard worried that because of the huge increase in knowledge, we had forgotten what it actually means to exist and the meaning of inwardness. ‘The immorality of an age’ looks at how ... More
8. Conclusion: the unity of human language

8. Conclusion: the unity of human language  

Stephen R. Anderson

in Languages: A Very Short Introduction

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Jun 2012
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Sep 2013
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9780191778018
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10.1093/actrade/9780199590599.003.0008
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9780199590599
So how many languages are there in the world? The various notions of how to individuate them offer a fairly wide range of answers, none of which seems overwhelmingly correct. ‘The unity of ... 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
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
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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
6. Biological information

6. Biological information  

Luciano Floridi

in Information: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2010
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777349
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10.1093/actrade/9780199551378.003.0007
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9780199551378
‘Biological information’ outlines the nature of information in genetics and neuroscience. Genes are instructions for creating proteins in organisms, and these instructions are carried ... More

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