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8. The limits of thought

8. The limits of thought  

Tim Bayne

in Thought: A Very Short Introduction

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Jan 2013
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Sep 2013
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9780191778148
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10.1093/actrade/9780199601721.003.0008
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9780199601721
What is the scope of human thought? Is there a limit on what we can grasp in thought? ‘The limits of thought’ focuses on whether there are thoughts that we cannot entrain and whether there ... More
6. Quantum magnetism

6. Quantum magnetism  

Stephan Blundell

in Magnetism: A Very Short Introduction

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Jun 2012
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Sep 2013
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9780191778117
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10.1093/actrade/9780199601202.003.0006
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9780199601202
What keeps a magnet working? ‘Quantum magnetism’ describes Pierre Curie's work that showed ferromagnets lose their magnetism above a certain critical temperature, now known as the Curie ... More
3. Powerful forces

3. Powerful forces  

Frank Close

in Nuclear Physics: A Very Short Introduction

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Jul 2015
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Jul 2015
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9780191788062
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10.1093/actrade/9780198718635.003.0003
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9780198718635
Why do atomic nuclei exist at all? A large nucleus contains many protons in close proximity. Why do these protons, all with the same electrical charge, not mutually repel? ‘Powerful forces’ ... More
2. Gas between the stars

2. Gas between the stars  

James Binney

in Astrophysics: A Very Short Introduction

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Mar 2016
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Mar 2016
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9780191814273
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10.1093/actrade/9780198752851.003.0002
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9780198752851
The space between stars is taken up by gas—mostly hydrogen and helium—which manifests itself in many ways, the most important being the absorption of starlight. ‘Gas between the stars’ ... More
3. How physics works

3. How physics works  

Sidney Perkowitz

in Physics: A Very Short Introduction

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Jul 2019
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Jul 2019
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9780191851667
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10.1093/actrade/9780198813941.003.0003
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9780198813941
Today, physics is firmly grounded in classical physics, which accurately describes much of our immediate and relatively nearby world, the mid-range scale of the cosmos; and in modern ... More
3. Tough but slippery

3. Tough but slippery  

Christopher Hall

in Materials: A Very Short Introduction

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Oct 2014
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Oct 2014
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9780191781247
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10.1093/actrade/9780199672677.003.0003
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‘Tough but slippery’ considers the physical characteristics of materials. Understanding properties in certain materials allows us to predict their behaviour and to use them appropriately in ... More
4. The eightfold path: organizing the elements

4. The eightfold path: organizing the elements  

Philip Ball

in The Elements: A Very Short Introduction

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Apr 2004
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Apr 2014
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9780191776298
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10.1093/actrade/9780192840998.003.0004
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9780192840998
‘The eightfold path: organizing the elements’ explains the history and rationale of the Periodic Table. Atomic theory was not fully accepted until Jean Perrin proved the existence of atoms ... More
2. The light dawns

2. The light dawns  

John Polkinghorne

in Quantum Theory: A Very Short Introduction

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May 2002
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Sep 2013
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9780191775598
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10.1093/actrade/9780192802521.003.0002
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9780192802521
‘The light dawns’ describes the period in 1925 and 1926 when modern quantum theory became fully fledged. German theorist Werner Heisenberg, working on spectroscopy, developed matrix ... More
Light: A Very Short Introduction

Light: A Very Short Introduction  

Ian A. Walmsley

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Sep 2015
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Sep 2015
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9780191782442
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10.1093/actrade/9780199682690.001.0001
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9780199682690
Light enables us to see the world around us, and this sensation of vision has led to a fascination with the nature and properties of light. Light: A Very Short Introduction discusses early ... 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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9780198729143
‘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
8. Quantum mechanics

8. Quantum mechanics  

Eric R. Scerri

in The Periodic Table: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

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Jul 2019
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Jul 2019
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9780191878329
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10.1093/actrade/9780198842323.003.0008
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9780198842323
‘Quantum mechanics’ shows how Bohr’s quantum theory was a stepping stone for the development of quantum mechanics. Bohr’s quantum theory worked well in single electron systems, but not in ... More
7. The infinite sea

7. The infinite sea  

Frank Close

in Nothing: A Very Short Introduction

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Jun 2009
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Sep 2013
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9780191777004
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10.1093/actrade/9780199225866.003.0007
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9780199225866
‘The infinite sea’ explores quantum mechanics' claims about the nature of the Void. As all matter can act as both a wave and a particle, one cannot know both the precise location and motion ... More
4. Electric blue

4. Electric blue  

Christopher Hall

in Materials: A Very Short Introduction

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Oct 2014
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Oct 2014
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9780191781247
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10.1093/actrade/9780199672677.003.0004
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9780199672677
‘Electric blue’ is concerned with electricity that can drive devices and machines to produce light, sound, and movement, and the appearance of materials, which can be transparent, opaque, ... More
2. Nuclear alchemy

2. Nuclear alchemy  

Frank Close

in Nuclear Physics: A Very Short Introduction

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Jul 2015
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Jul 2015
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9780191788062
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10.1093/actrade/9780198718635.003.0002
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‘Nuclear alchemy’ outlines the further discoveries of protons (the carriers of positive charge in atoms) by Ernest Rutherford and neutrons (particles with no electrical charge) by James ... More
Nuclear Physics: A Very Short Introduction

Nuclear Physics: A Very Short Introduction  

Frank Close

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Jul 2015
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Jul 2015
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9780191788062
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10.1093/actrade/9780198718635.001.0001
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9780198718635
Nuclear Physics: A Very Short Introduction gives an account of how this area of physics has progressed since the discovery of the electron at the end of the 19th century, which ... More
Chemistry: A Very Short Introduction

Chemistry: A Very Short Introduction  

Peter Atkins

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Feb 2015
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Feb 2015
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9780191782459
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10.1093/actrade/9780199683970.001.0001
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9780199683970
Chemistry: A Very Short Introduction encourages us to look at chemistry anew, through a chemist's eyes, in order to understand its central concepts and to see how it ... More
1. Its origins, scope, and organization

1. Its origins, scope, and organization  

Peter Atkins

in Chemistry: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2015
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Feb 2015
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9780191782459
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10.1093/actrade/9780199683970.003.0001
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9780199683970
After a very brief glance at the origins of chemistry in alchemy, ‘Its origins, scope, and organization’ makes the point that all modern discussions of the subject are in terms of atoms, ... More
3. Doesn’t science show there is no objectivity?

3. Doesn’t science show there is no objectivity?  

Stephen Gaukroger

in Objectivity: A Very Short Introduction

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May 2012
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Sep 2013
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9780191778216
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10.1093/actrade/9780199606696.003.0003
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9780199606696
‘Doesn't science show there is no objectivity?’ examines developments in science thought to show that everything is relative to the observer, and hence that objectivity is impossible. It ... More
Gravity: A Very Short Introduction

Gravity: A Very Short Introduction  

Timothy Clifton

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Feb 2017
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Feb 2017
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9780191795862
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10.1093/actrade/9780198729143.001.0001
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9780198729143
Gravity is one of the four fundamental interactions that exist in nature and is essential for understanding the behaviour of the Universe, and all astrophysical bodies within it. Yet it ... More
4. Accretion

4. Accretion  

James Binney

in Astrophysics: A Very Short Introduction

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Mar 2016
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Mar 2016
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9780191814273
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10.1093/actrade/9780198752851.003.0004
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9780198752851
The principle of angular momentum conservation was crucial for the creation of the disc of the Milky Way and plays a large role in many of the most exotic and luminous objects in the ... More

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