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8. The Higgs vacuum

8. The Higgs vacuum  

Frank Close

in Nothing: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Jun 2009
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777004
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199225866.003.0008
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chapter
ISBN: 
9780199225866
Observation of state changes, phases and organization enables us to come to a definition of the vacuum: an infinite sea of particles together with quantum fluctuations. ‘The Higgs vacuum’ ... More
Demography: A Very Short Introduction

Demography: A Very Short Introduction  

Sarah Harper

Print Publication Year: 
May 2018
Published Online: 
May 2018
eISBN: 
9780191792724
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198725732.001.0001
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book
ISBN: 
9780198725732
Demography—the study of people—addresses the size, distribution, composition, and density of populations, and considers the impact these factors have on individual lives and the changing ... More
3. Claiming and negotiating the Antarctic

3. Claiming and negotiating the Antarctic  

Klaus Dodds

in The Antarctic: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Jul 2012
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191778438
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199697687.003.0003
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chapter
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9780199697687
World political divisions are generally easy to define with a few exceptions where there is uncertainty. However, large parts of the Antarctic are claimed by seven states: Argentina, ... More
7. Shifting standards?

7. Shifting standards?  

Jennifer Nagel

in Knowledge: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Sep 2014
Published Online: 
Sep 2014
eISBN: 
9780191779916
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199661268.003.0007
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chapter
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9780199661268
Some words have context-sensitivity. Some words (like ‘I’ and ‘now’) are sensitive to the speaker's identity and location in time and space. Others (like ‘big’ and ‘tall’) are sensitive to ... More
3. Are wholes just sums of parts?

3. Are wholes just sums of parts?  

Stephen Mumford

in Metaphysics: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Aug 2012
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191778308
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199657124.003.0004
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chapter
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9780199657124
‘Are wholes just sums of parts?’ considers the relation between wholes and their parts. In metaphysics an object is said to be complex, meaning it has parts. But how does a mobile phone ... More
1. The emergence of chaos

1. The emergence of chaos  

Leonard A. Smith

in Chaos: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Feb 2007
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191776410
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192853783.003.0001
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9780192853783
‘The emergence of chaos’ explores the development of the study of chaos. Chaos is the mechanism which allows the rapid growth of uncertainty in mathematical models. Mathematical chaos is ... More

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