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1. Hormones, history, and the shoulders of giants

1. Hormones, history, and the shoulders of giants  

Martin Luck

in Hormones: A Very Short Introduction

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Jul 2014
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Jul 2014
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9780191780011
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10.1093/actrade/9780199672875.003.0001
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‘Hormones, history, and the shoulders of giants’ begins with accounts of extreme human growth: William Rice, a 7 feet 4 inches tall ‘giant’ who died in 1773, and the Efe people of ... More
4. The resulting structure—a reef

4. The resulting structure—a reef  

Charles Sheppard

in Coral Reefs: A Very Short Introduction

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Jun 2014
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Jun 2014
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9780191779978
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10.1093/actrade/9780199682775.003.0004
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‘The resulting structure—a reef’ shows that coral reef profiles, composed of reef flats, reef crests, and reef slopes, are remarkably consistent. The general structure is complicated by ... More
9. Growth, cancer, and ageing

9. Growth, cancer, and ageing  

Lewis Wolpert

in Developmental Biology: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2011
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Sep 2013
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9780191778100
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10.1093/actrade/9780199601196.003.0010
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9780199601196
‘Growth, cancer, and ageing’ first considers growth, which can be due to an increase of cell proliferation, cell enlargement without division, or by accretion of extracellular material, ... More
7. Cellular therapy

7. Cellular therapy  

Terence Allen and Graham Cowling

in The Cell: A Very Short Introduction

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Sep 2011
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Sep 2013
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9780191777745
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10.1093/actrade/9780199578757.003.0007
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9780199578757
Most diseases have cellular origins. The majority can be traced to simple biochemical imbalances that can often be corrected by drugs. ‘Cellular therapy’ shows that some complex diseases, ... More
2. Exponential growth, nonlinearity, common sense

2. Exponential growth, nonlinearity, common sense  

Leonard A. Smith

in Chaos: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2007
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Sep 2013
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9780191776410
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10.1093/actrade/9780192853783.003.0002
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‘Exponential growth, nonlinearity, and common sense’ shows how exponential growth can affect prediction in chaotic systems. In systems which display exponential growth, at some point ... More
2. Ideas

2. Ideas  

Andrew Dobson

in Environmental Politics: A Very Short Introduction

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Jan 2016
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Jan 2016
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9780191781209
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10.1093/actrade/9780199665570.003.0003
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9780199665570
‘Ideas’ explains the key ideas driving environmental politics. It begins with The Limits to Growth (1972) that questioned the long-term future of the Earth as a life-support system for ... More
3. Why are some countries rich and others poor?

3. Why are some countries rich and others poor?  

Ian Goldin

in Development: A Very Short Introduction

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Mar 2018
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Mar 2018
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9780191799983
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10.1093/actrade/9780198736257.003.0003
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‘Why are some countries rich and others poor?’ considers various theories of economic growth, including Robert Solow’s widely used 1956 model, and charts the uneven development of countries ... More
3. The architects of a reef

3. The architects of a reef  

Charles Sheppard

in Coral Reefs: A Very Short Introduction

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Jun 2014
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Jun 2014
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9780191779978
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10.1093/actrade/9780199682775.003.0003
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‘The architects of a reef’ gives a global overview of reef distribution and details the biology, growth, and reproduction of the main animals and plants that build them. Coral reefs are ... More
10. Regeneration

10. Regeneration  

Lewis Wolpert

in Developmental Biology: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2011
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Sep 2013
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9780191778100
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10.1093/actrade/9780199601196.003.0011
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9780199601196
Regeneration is the ability of the fully developed organism to replace tissues, organs, and appendages. ‘Regeneration’ distinguishes between two types of regeneration: epimorphosis where ... More
5. The hard stuff: calcium, cells, bones, and cancer

5. The hard stuff: calcium, cells, bones, and cancer  

Martin Luck

in Hormones: A Very Short Introduction

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Jul 2014
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Jul 2014
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9780191780011
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10.1093/actrade/9780199672875.003.0005
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9780199672875
‘The hard stuff: calcium, cells, bones, and cancer’ considers calcium and the hormone systems that regulate it. These hormones keep the correct balance between the highly reactive Ca2+ ... More
2. Puberty—body and brain changes

2. Puberty—body and brain changes  

Peter K. Smith

in Adolescence: A Very Short Introduction

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May 2016
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May 2016
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9780191785245
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10.1093/actrade/9780199665563.003.0002
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9780199665563
As children become teenagers, their bodies change dramatically. An obvious change is the growth spurt, but the young person also becomes reproductively mature and there are significant ... More
1. Why migration matters

1. Why migration matters  

Khalid Koser

in International Migration: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

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Jun 2016
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Jun 2016
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9780191815409
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10.1093/actrade/9780198753773.003.0001
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9780198753773
One in every 35 people in the world today is an international migrant, but migration affects far more people than just those who migrate. It has important social, economic, and political ... More
7. Migrants in society

7. Migrants in society  

Khalid Koser

in International Migration: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

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Jun 2016
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Jun 2016
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9780191815409
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10.1093/actrade/9780198753773.003.0007
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9780198753773
‘Migrants in society’ examines how migrants affect destination societies by considering the economic, political, social, and cultural impacts of immigration. Migrants are seen by some to ... More
6. Changing patterns in the landscape

6. Changing patterns in the landscape  

Peter A. Furley

in Savannas: A Very Short Introduction

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Jun 2016
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Jun 2016
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9780191785955
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10.1093/actrade/9780198717225.003.0006
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9780198717225
Relentless population growth worldwide has significantly modified savanna landscapes. ‘Changing patterns in the landscape’ considers how landscape changes differ in Latin America, Africa, ... More
1. Introduction

1. Introduction  

Warwick F. Vincent

in Lakes: A Very Short Introduction

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Jan 2018
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Jan 2018
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9780191821035
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10.1093/actrade/9780198766735.003.0001
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9780198766735
What is a lake? At first glance, this seems like such an easy question: a lake is simply a body of water surrounded by land. But this sterile, physical definition is only a beginning, and ... More
7. The staying power of the BRICS

7. The staying power of the BRICS  

Andrew F. Cooper

in The BRICS: A Very Short Introduction

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Apr 2016
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Apr 2016
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9780191790119
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10.1093/actrade/9780198723394.003.0007
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9780198723394
The BRICS group can be interpreted in several ways: as a cluster of big emerging economies with dramatic growth; as a diplomatic club of reform-minded members seeking a new and fairer deal ... More
2. How does development happen?

2. How does development happen?  

Ian Goldin

in Development: A Very Short Introduction

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Mar 2018
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Mar 2018
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9780191799983
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10.1093/actrade/9780198736257.003.0002
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9780198736257
‘How does development happen?’ looks at how our understanding of how development happens has evolved. It first considers the evolution of post-war development theory that was strongly ... More
Hormones: A Very Short Introduction

Hormones: A Very Short Introduction  

Martin Luck

Print Publication Year: 
Jul 2014
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Jul 2014
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9780191780011
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199672875.001.0001
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book
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9780199672875
Hormones balance and coordinate the workings of the body. There are many misconceptions about the endocrine system and few people are aware of its nature and importance. Hormones: A Very ... More
2. How hormones work

2. How hormones work  

Martin Luck

in Hormones: A Very Short Introduction

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Jul 2014
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Jul 2014
eISBN: 
9780191780011
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199672875.003.0002
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9780199672875
What is a hormone? ‘How hormones work’ defines a hormone as a chemical signal which enables an event in one part of the body to have an effect somewhere else. Hormones make up one of the ... More
Developmental Biology: A Very Short Introduction

Developmental Biology: A Very Short Introduction  

Lewis Wolpert

Print Publication Year: 
Aug 2011
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191778100
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199601196.001.0001
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book
ISBN: 
9780199601196
Developmental Biology: A Very Short Introduction provides a concise account of what we now know about development, discussing the first vital steps of growth, the patterning ... More

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