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5. Cosmology

5. Cosmology  

Richard Lyman Bushman

in Mormonism: A Very Short Introduction

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Jun 2008
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Sep 2013
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9780199365562
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10.1093/actrade/9780195310306.003.0005
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‘Cosmology’ explores Smith's account of the Creation and destiny of mankind. In his thought, Creation was more like bringing order out of chaos than making something out of nothing. Some ... More
4. The logic of illusion

4. The logic of illusion  

Roger Scruton

in Kant: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2001
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Sep 2013
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9780191775482
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10.1093/actrade/9780192801999.003.0004
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9780192801999
Understanding can yield objective knowledge, but it also contains a temptation to illusion. Kant tries to diagnose and criticize this temptation in his examination of ‘pure reason’. ‘The ... 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
7. Some more high spotsA personal selection

7. Some more high spots: A personal selection  

Edward Craig

in Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2002
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Sep 2013
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9780191776700
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10.1093/actrade/9780192854216.003.0007
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9780192854216
A selection of the best of philosophical thinking is always going to be personal. ‘Some more high points’ presents a list of favourite moments in philosophical thinking: Descartes' ... More
Mormonism: A Very Short Introduction

Mormonism: A Very Short Introduction  

Richard Lyman Bushman

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Jun 2008
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Sep 2013
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9780199365562
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10.1093/actrade/9780195310306.001.0001
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Mormonism: A Very Short Introduction sets out to examine a religion with over 12 million adherents that still baffles outsiders nearly 170 years after the founder' death. How ... More
5. The expanding universe

5. The expanding universe  

John Gribbin

in Galaxies: A Very Short Introduction

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Mar 2008
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Sep 2013
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9780191777103
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10.1093/actrade/9780199234349.003.0006
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9780199234349
‘The expanding universe’ investigates the expansion of the Universe. Hubble's redshift-distance relationship had already been explained by Einstein's general relativity. General relativity ... More
6. The material world

6. The material world  

John Gribbin

in Galaxies: A Very Short Introduction

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Mar 2008
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Sep 2013
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9780191777103
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10.1093/actrade/9780199234349.003.0007
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‘The material world’ explores the nature of matter. The amount of matter in the universe can be estimated by the overall curve of spacetime (Ω). Baryonic matter is actually only a tiny ... More
3. Names and quantifiers: is nothing something?

3. Names and quantifiers: is nothing something?  

Graham Priest

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

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Oct 2017
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Oct 2017
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9780191848513
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10.1093/actrade/9780198811701.003.0003
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9780198811701
There are lots of inferences we can make and they work in different ways from each other, such as in the case where neither the premiss nor the conclusion has a part which is itself a whole ... More
1. Worldview, cosmology, and myths of origin

1. Worldview, cosmology, and myths of origin  

Jacob K. Olupọna

in African Religions: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Mar 2014
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Feb 2014
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9780199375264
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10.1093/actrade/9780199790586.003.0001
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9780199790586
African religions are as diverse as the African continent itself. ‘Worldview, cosmology, and myths of origin’ shows that religious worldviews, often unique to distinct ethnic groups, ... More
5. Cosmology

5. Cosmology  

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/9780198729143.003.0005
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9780198729143
Cosmology began as a scientific discipline at the beginning of the 20th century, with the work of Albert Einstein and Edwin Hubble. Gravitational interaction is fundamental to cosmology, as ... More
Cosmology: A Very Short Introduction

Cosmology: A Very Short Introduction  

Peter Coles

Print Publication Year: 
Aug 2001
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Sep 2013
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9780191776687
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10.1093/actrade/9780192854162.001.0001
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9780192854162
Cosmology: A Very Short Introductionexplains what cosmology is and what cosmologists do, looks at the history of the subject, the development of the Big Bang theory, and more ... More
3. First principles

3. First principles  

Peter Coles

in Cosmology: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2001
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Sep 2013
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9780191776687
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10.1093/actrade/9780192854162.003.0003
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The general theory of relativity came out in 1915 and, almost immediately Einstein sought to explain the large-scale behaviour of the entire cosmos. ‘First principles’ discusses the role ... More
6. What's the matter with the Universe?

6. What's the matter with the Universe?  

Peter Coles

in Cosmology: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2001
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Sep 2013
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9780191776687
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10.1093/actrade/9780192854162.003.0006
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9780192854162
Is the Universe infinite or does it have a limit? Will the Big bang end in a Big Crunch? Can we describe space as curved? How much matter is there? What does it look like? ‘What's the ... More
6. Frontiers of gravitational physics

6. Frontiers of gravitational physics  

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/9780198729143.003.0006
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‘Frontiers of gravitational physics’ considers some of the issues involved in the theoretical description of gravity. Since 1915, it has been Einstein’s theory that has shaped our ... More
3. Karma and rebirth

3. Karma and rebirth  

Damien Keown

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

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Feb 2013
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Sep 2013
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9780191778353
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10.1093/actrade/9780199663835.003.0003
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9780199663835
‘Karma and rebirth’ introduces the mechanisms of the Buddhist universe. This universe comprises the physical universe and the life forms which inhabit it. These give rise to cyclical world ... More
2. Arguments for the existence of God

2. Arguments for the existence of God  

Stephen Law

in Humanism: A Very Short Introduction

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Jan 2011
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Sep 2013
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9780191777363
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10.1093/actrade/9780199553648.003.0003
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9780199553648
Humanists think that belief in a God is not especially reasonable or justified. ‘Arguments for the existence of God’ presents two popular arguments to explain why there is a God and ... More
5. Magnetism, matter, and space

5. Magnetism, matter, and space  

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/9780199574315.003.0006
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9780199574315
By the 1840s Faraday was considering the problems associated with magnetism, the nature of matter, and expanding his work on convertible forces. In ‘Magnetism, matter, and space’ his ... More
9. Dark matter and dark energy

9. Dark matter and dark energy  

Geoff Cottrell

in Matter: A Very Short Introduction

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Mar 2019
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Mar 2019
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9780191844133
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10.1093/actrade/9780198806547.003.0009
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9780198806547
‘Dark matter and dark energy’ reveals that the familiar everyday matter that we experience around us—the atoms and molecules—constitutes only 5% of all the matter that is ‘out there’ in the ... More
Physics: A Very Short Introduction

Physics: A Very Short Introduction  

Sidney Perkowitz

Print Publication Year: 
Jul 2019
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Jul 2019
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9780191851667
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10.1093/actrade/9780198813941.001.0001
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9780198813941
Physics, the fundamental science of matter and energy, encompasses all levels of nature from the sub-atomic to the cosmic, and underlies much of the technology around us. Physics: A Very ... More
8. The big picture

8. The big picture  

James Binney

in Astrophysics: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Mar 2016
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Mar 2016
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9780191814273
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10.1093/actrade/9780198752851.003.0008
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9780198752851
By far the biggest contribution of general relativity to astrophysics was to make it possible to discuss the geometry and dynamics of the entire universe—it made cosmology a branch of ... More

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