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4. Deep Earth geology

4. Deep Earth geology  

Jan Zalasiewicz

in Geology: A Very Short Introduction

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Jul 2018
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Jul 2018
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9780191842771
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10.1093/actrade/9780198804451.003.0004
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The distance from the Earth’s surface to the centre of its core is 6,370 kilometres. Humans have penetrated—with difficulty, and the help of sophisticated technology—to a little more than 4 ... More
2. Water and waste

2. Water and waste  

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/9780199578634.003.0003
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Water is not a construction material but its importance as an essential component in civilization cannot be overstated. ‘Water and waste’ considers the twin challenges of providing a ... More
1. Introduction

1. Introduction  

Brian Charlesworth and Deborah Charlesworth

in Evolution: A Very Short Introduction

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Jul 2017
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Jun 2017
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9780191842719
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10.1093/actrade/9780198804369.003.0001
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9780198804369
The ‘Introduction’ identifies the purpose of this book—to introduce the general reader to some of the most important basic findings, concepts, and procedures of evolutionary biology. ... More
8. Darwinism and ideology

8. Darwinism and ideology  

Jonathan Howard

in Darwin: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2001
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Feb 2014
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9780191776786
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10.1093/actrade/9780192854544.003.0008
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‘Darwinism and ideology’ considers the extraction of absolute ethical principles from the theory of evolution in post-Darwinian thought in areas such as Social Darwinism, sociobiology, and ... More
8. Geology for society and the environment

8. Geology for society and the environment  

Jan Zalasiewicz

in Geology: A Very Short Introduction

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Jul 2018
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9780191842771
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10.1093/actrade/9780198804451.003.0008
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Geology is involved, somehow or another, in most of the resources that sustain us. Equally, it is a significant factor in many of the hazards that threaten us, and geology is often involved ... More
4. Concept – technology – realization

4. Concept – technology – realization  

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/9780199578634.003.0005
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Engineering is concerned with finding solutions to problems. How the civil engineer goes about that process is examined in ‘Concept — technology — realization’. The interplay of these three ... More
2. Erratic boulders and the diluvium

2. Erratic boulders and the diluvium  

Jamie Woodward

in The Ice Age: A Very Short Introduction

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Jan 2014
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Jan 2014
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9780191779671
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10.1093/actrade/9780199580699.003.0003
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9780199580699
‘Erratic boulders and the diluvium’ explores some of the key ideas in geology in the early 19th century. It sets out some of the problems faced by early geologists as they attempted to make ... More
1. Materials of civil engineering

1. Materials of civil engineering  

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/9780199578634.003.0002
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Making the best use of the mechanical properties of the materials available to civil engineers has been a driving force for innovation and development in civil engineering. ‘Materials of ... More
1. Darwin's life

1. Darwin's life  

Jonathan Howard

in Darwin: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2001
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Feb 2014
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9780191776786
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10.1093/actrade/9780192854544.003.0001
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‘Darwin's life’ details the life of Charles Darwin (1809–1882), using the wealth of biographical material available. Through his five-year circumnavigation of the globe on HMS Beagle that ... More
3. ‘Directing the great sources of power in nature’

3. ‘Directing the great sources of power in nature’  

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/9780199578634.003.0004
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9780199578634
Floods, earthquakes, and strong winds present the civil engineer with formidable problems. ‘Directing the great sources of power in nature’ examines the particular engineering challenges of ... More
2. Nature

2. Nature  

Ritchie Robertson

in Goethe: A Very Short Introduction

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Jan 2016
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Jan 2016
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9780191785764
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10.1093/actrade/9780199689255.003.0002
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9780199689255
For Goethe, humanity formed part of a greater unity, that of Nature. Nature was also something to be experienced in the most direct, immediate way. ‘Nature’ looks closely at the poem Auf ... More
Civil Engineering: A Very Short Introduction

Civil Engineering: A Very Short Introduction  

David Muir Wood

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Sep 2012
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Sep 2013
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9780191777721
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10.1093/actrade/9780199578634.001.0001
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9780199578634
Civil Engineering: A Very Short Introduction examines the nature and importance of civil engineering in the history of civilization and urbanization. This VSI sets out the ... More
Geology: A Very Short Introduction

Geology: A Very Short Introduction  

Jan Zalasiewicz

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Jul 2018
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Jul 2018
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9780191842771
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10.1093/actrade/9780198804451.001.0001
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9780198804451
Geology: A Very Short Introduction provides a concise introduction to the fascinating field of geology. Describing how the science began, it looks at the key discoveries that ... More
1. What is geology?

1. What is geology?  

Jan Zalasiewicz

in Geology: A Very Short Introduction

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Jul 2018
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Jul 2018
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9780191842771
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10.1093/actrade/9780198804451.003.0001
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Geology is a little like having the world’s biggest and best time machine at one’s disposal. The field of enquiry is the whole Earth, its 4.54-billion-year history, and everything that has ... More
7. Geology for resources

7. Geology for resources  

Jan Zalasiewicz

in Geology: A Very Short Introduction

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Jul 2018
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Jul 2018
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9780191842771
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10.1093/actrade/9780198804451.003.0007
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Humans have been practical geologists since even before our own species, Homo sapiens, walked the Earth. The exploitation of rock-bound resources required a level of understanding of rock ... More
6. Geological fieldwork

6. Geological fieldwork  

Jan Zalasiewicz

in Geology: A Very Short Introduction

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Jul 2018
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Jul 2018
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9780191842771
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10.1093/actrade/9780198804451.003.0006
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The rare, exotic, and wonderful has been one of the great attractions of geology, often being the ‘hook’ that initially attracted the attention of many a geological enthusiast. Dating back ... More
Plate Tectonics: A Very Short Introduction

Plate Tectonics: A Very Short Introduction  

Peter Molnar

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Mar 2015
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Mar 2015
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9780191794513
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10.1093/actrade/9780198728269.001.0001
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9780198728269
A revolution occurred in geology in the 1960s: plate tectonics. The idea that continents had drifted with respect to one another had been proposed decades before, but now the mechanism ... More
3. Natural selection and the origin of species

3. Natural selection and the origin of species  

Jonathan Howard

in Darwin: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2001
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Feb 2014
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9780191776786
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10.1093/actrade/9780192854544.003.0003
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9780192854544
‘Natural selection and the origin of species’ shows that natural selection is the mechanism of evolutionary change, which is not readily observable, but is inferred by argument from other ... More
2. Geology: the early days

2. Geology: the early days  

Jan Zalasiewicz

in Geology: A Very Short Introduction

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Jul 2018
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Jul 2018
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9780191842771
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10.1093/actrade/9780198804451.003.0002
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9780198804451
‘Geology: the early days’ provides a brief history of ideas on the Earth and its processes. Among the earliest recorded scientific speculations on the Earth were those of the ancient ... More
5. Earth surface geology

5. Earth surface geology  

Jan Zalasiewicz

in Geology: A Very Short Introduction

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Jul 2018
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Jul 2018
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9780191842771
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10.1093/actrade/9780198804451.003.0005
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9780198804451
‘Earth surface geology’ considers the particular conditions created by the water cycle governing the distinctive surface geology of Earth. It looks at the efficiency of the rock cycle: the ... More

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