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8. Systems

8. Systems  

John Heskett

in Design: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Jun 2005
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Sep 2013
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9780191776748
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192854469.003.0008
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9780192854469
A system is a group of elements that forms a collective identity. The increasing emphasis on the design of systems stems from an awareness of the growing complexity of modern life, ... More
4. Is life what you make it?

4. Is life what you make it?  

Terry Eagleton

in The Meaning of Life: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Apr 2008
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Sep 2013
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9780191777219
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10.1093/actrade/9780199532179.003.0004
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9780199532179
The word ‘life’ is just as problematic as ‘meaning’. ‘Is life what you make it?’ looks at the word ‘life’ in the question: ‘what is the meaning of life?’. Not even an individual life adds ... More
Demography: A Very Short Introduction

Demography: A Very Short Introduction  

Sarah Harper

Print Publication Year: 
May 2018
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May 2018
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9780191792724
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198725732.001.0001
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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
7. Intertidal life

7. Intertidal life  

Philip V. Mladenov

in Marine Biology: A Very Short Introduction

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Sep 2013
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Sep 2013
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9780191778407
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10.1093/actrade/9780199695058.003.0008
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9780199695058
Between the high and low tide marks lies the intertidal region of the Global Ocean, the thin strip of shoreline that is completely submerged by seawater at high tide and under covered at ... More
IntroductionTrust and distrust at the breakfast table

Introduction: Trust and distrust at the breakfast table  

Katherine Hawley

in Trust: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2012
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Sep 2013
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9780191778421
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10.1093/actrade/9780199697342.003.0001
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9780199697342
What would a life without trust be like? We would be paralysed by inaction. We trust different types of people, from casual acquaintances, such as the milkman to the man on the radio ... More
3. The resurrection experience

3. The resurrection experience  

Luke Timothy Johnson

in The New Testament: A Very Short Introduction

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Apr 2010
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Sep 2013
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9780199365807
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10.1093/actrade/9780199735709.003.0003
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9780199735709
‘The resurrection experience’ examines explanations for the sudden appearance of the Christ cult. The best explanation takes all the evidence into account and, in turn, provides the best ... More
1. Life

1. Life  

John Dunn

in Locke: A Very Short Introduction

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May 2003
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Sep 2013
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9780191775888
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10.1093/actrade/9780192803948.003.0001
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‘Life’ provides an overview of how Locke's experiences shaped his philosophy. Locke studied medicine at Oxford, and was later able to bring his scientific background to bear on the ... More
2. Paul's life

2. Paul's life  

E. P. Sanders

in Paul: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2001
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Sep 2013
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9780191776755
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10.1093/actrade/9780192854513.003.0002
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9780192854513
‘Paul's life’ provides a biographical summary of Paul's career and personal characteristics, using excerpts from his letters from Corinthians and Galatians, in order to understand his role ... More
4. The resulting structure—a reef

4. The resulting structure—a reef  

Charles Sheppard

in Coral Reefs: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
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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9780199682775
‘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
10. Centaurs and other animals

10. Centaurs and other animals  

Rob Iliffe

in Newton: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Jan 2007
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777202
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199298037.003.0010
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9780199298037
‘Centaurs and other animals’ examines the final decade of Newton's life. Newton continued his relentless pursuit of religious truth: massive drafts on early church history survive, many ... More
4. The origin of life on land

4. The origin of life on land  

Michael J. Benton

in The History of Life: A Very Short Introduction

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Nov 2008
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Sep 2013
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9780191777011
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199226320.003.0005
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9780199226320
‘The origin of life on land’ shows that life on land is significant for two reasons: firstly, life on land represents most of modern biodiversity and secondly, life has changed the face of ... More
Conclusion The importance of being trustworthy

Conclusion The importance of being trustworthy  

Katherine Hawley

in Trust: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Aug 2012
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Sep 2013
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9780191778421
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199697342.003.0010
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9780199697342
What is more important: trust or trustworthiness? Is trustworthiness valuable for its own sake, or only when it attracts the trust of others? The practice of living up to our commitments, ... More
2. Why trust and trustworthiness matter

2. Why trust and trustworthiness matter  

Katherine Hawley

in Trust: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2012
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Sep 2013
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9780191778421
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10.1093/actrade/9780199697342.003.0003
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9780199697342
A trusted person's life runs more smoothly than a distrusted one's. Trust is a compliment, distrust an insult. However, trust can be a burden when we suspect we're not up for the job or ... More
3. Biological robotics

3. Biological robotics  

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
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10.1093/actrade/9780199695980.003.0003
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9780199695980
Since the late 1980s, there has been a major shift in the approach of intelligent robots towards what are termed ‘biological inspiration’, or bio-inspired, robots. Bio-inspired means two ... More
2. The Language of Information

2. The Language of Information  

Luciano Floridi

in Information: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Feb 2010
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777349
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199551378.003.0003
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9780199551378
Information is a conceptual labyrinth, but ‘the language of information’ provides a means to find our bearings on this conceptual map. The information we use in everyday life is comprised ... More
1. A new science is born

1. A new science is born  

Maxwell Irvine

in Nuclear Power: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
May 2011
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Sep 2013
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9780191777875
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10.1093/actrade/9780199584970.003.0001
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9780199584970
By the end of the nineteenth century, it was clear that matter had an atomic structure, but the precise structure of the atoms and the reasons for their exact masses were a complete ... More
5. The spiritual life—prayer, meditation, Torah

5. The spiritual life—prayer, meditation, Torah  

Norman Solomon

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

Print Publication Year: 
Aug 2014
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Aug 2014
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9780191780035
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10.1093/actrade/9780199687350.003.0006
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9780199687350
What does spirituality mean in Judaism? What is prayer and does it work? Prayer is a vital concern in Judaism, and one of the major forms in which spirituality is expressed. Equal in rank, ... More
4. Meaning and purpose

4. Meaning and purpose  

Julian Baggini

in Atheism: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Jun 2003
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191775925
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10.1093/actrade/9780192804242.003.0004
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9780192804242
‘Meaning and purpose’ considers the idea of life having a meaning or purpose using the concepts of goal-setting, hedonism, and death. It is not true that life's meaning and purpose are ... More
6. Feminism and multiculturalism

6. Feminism and multiculturalism  

David Miller

in Political Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Jun 2003
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191775895
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192803955.003.0006
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9780192803955
‘Feminism and multiculturalism’ argues that the issues raised by feminists and multiculturalists about the nature of personal identity, the line between public and private life, and respect ... More
Locke: A Very Short Introduction

Locke: A Very Short Introduction  

John Dunn

Print Publication Year: 
May 2003
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191775888
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192803948.001.0001
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book
ISBN: 
9780192803948
Locke: A Very Short Introduction unravels the meaning of John Locke's political thought and his contribution to English ideology. One of the greatest English philosophers of ... More

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