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6. Antibiotics

6. Antibiotics  

Sebastian G.B. Amyes

in Bacteria: A Very Short Introduction

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May 2013
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Sep 2013
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9780191777752
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10.1093/actrade/9780199578764.003.0006
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9780199578764
‘Antibiotics’ charts the work on the understanding and treatment of bacterial infections from the improvements of hygiene proposed by Florence Nightingale and Joseph Lister's antiseptics to ... 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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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
3. Bodies and Selves

3. Bodies and Selves  

A. J. Ayer

in Hume: A Very Short Introduction

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Oct 2000
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Sep 2013
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9780191776601
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10.1093/actrade/9780192854063.003.0003
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9780192854063
Do bodies and selves exist separate from our perceptions? ‘Bodies and Selves’ explores Hume's belief that perceptions are connected to external objects and that denying this is ... More
2. How microbes operate

2. How microbes operate  

Nicholas P. Money

in Microbiology: A Very Short Introduction

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Dec 2014
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Dec 2014
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9780191781605
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10.1093/actrade/9780199681686.003.0002
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9780199681686
‘How microbes operate’ considers the mechanisms that sustain prokaryotic and eukaryotic microorganisms. All active cells must be supplied with water and an energy source. Absorption of ... More
5. Carnivorous mammals

5. Carnivorous mammals  

T. S. Kemp

in Mammals: A Very Short Introduction

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Sep 2017
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Sep 2017
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9780191821172
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10.1093/actrade/9780198766940.003.0005
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9780198766940
‘Carnivorous mammals’ considers the various carnivorous mammals that have evolved from the common ancestor of all modern mammals—the small, nocturnal, insectivorous mammal. Several mammals ... More
2. The biology of mammals

2. The biology of mammals  

T. S. Kemp

in Mammals: A Very Short Introduction

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Sep 2017
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Sep 2017
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9780191821172
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10.1093/actrade/9780198766940.003.0002
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In order to understand mammals and their amazing variety, we must first learn about their shared biology. ‘The biology of mammals’ first considers how and why mammals stay warm and active. ... More
3. Conclusion

3. Conclusion  

Patricia Aufderheide

in Documentary Film: A Very Short Introduction

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Jan 2008
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Sep 2013
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9780199365494
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10.1093/actrade/9780195182705.003.0003
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9780195182705
‘Conclusion’ reviews developments in documentary film making and the growth of scholarship in this area. The documentary form has evolved along with technological possibilities. Sound, ... More
7. Savanna futures

7. Savanna futures  

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/9780198717225.003.0007
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9780198717225
Constant change is the driving force in the history of savannas, and some conception of the future can be gauged from evidence of past changes and from trends experienced today. The ... More
2. Earth system

2. Earth system  

Erle C. Ellis

in Anthropocene: A Very Short Introduction

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Mar 2018
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Mar 2018
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9780191834738
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10.1093/actrade/9780198792987.003.0002
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9780198792987
To confirm that humans have altered Earth’s functioning as a system, the causal mechanisms behind these alterations must be demonstrated. Only through a robust understanding of Earth as a ... More
3. Defending knowledge

3. Defending knowledge  

Duncan Pritchard

in Scepticism: A Very Short Introduction

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Sep 2019
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Sep 2019
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9780191867606
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10.1093/actrade/9780198829164.003.0003
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9780198829164
‘Defending knowledge’ considers some of the different philosophical responses to the problem of radical scepticism. It begins with the natural response to a philosophical puzzle: to insist ... More
4. Nature

4. Nature  

Thomas Pink

in Free Will: A Very Short Introduction

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Jun 2004
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Sep 2013
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9780191776366
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10.1093/actrade/9780192853585.003.0004
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9780192853585
‘Nature’ explores Hobbesian freedom. Hobbes contradicted the prevailing medieval view by saying that will was not a uniquely human trait, and that man was simply a complex part of an ... More
10. Primates

10. Primates  

T. S. Kemp

in Mammals: A Very Short Introduction

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Sep 2017
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Sep 2017
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9780191821172
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10.1093/actrade/9780198766940.003.0010
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‘Primates’ considers how a group of small, rather insignificant, tree-dwelling mammals living 60 mya eventually evolved the highest level of expression of the mammalian characteristic of ... More
9. Flying mammals

9. Flying mammals  

T. S. Kemp

in Mammals: A Very Short Introduction

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Sep 2017
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Sep 2017
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9780191821172
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10.1093/actrade/9780198766940.003.0009
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9780198766940
Being able to fly opens up a whole new range of habits and lifestyles. A flyer can seek food from the tops of trees and airborne insects. It can avoid ground-based predators and rear its ... More
6. Returning to                             Hisarlik: Carl Blegen and Manfred Korfmann

6. Returning to Hisarlik: Carl Blegen and Manfred Korfmann  

Eric H. Cline

in The Trojan War: A Very Short Introduction

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May 2013
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Sep 2013
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9780199365852
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10.1093/actrade/9780199760275.003.0006
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9780199760275
‘Returning to Hisarlik: Carl Blegen and Manfred Korfmann’ details more recent excavations of the city of Troy. Carl Blegen began excavations in ... More
2. Shaping the savannas

2. Shaping the savannas  

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/9780198717225.003.0002
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9780198717225
Savanna landscapes are in a state of continuous change. Some of the determining factors shaping the view at any given locality are relatively short-lived. Fires, storms, seasonal ... More
7. The smell of the future

7. The smell of the future  

Matthew Cobb

in Smell: A Very Short Introduction

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May 2020
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May 2020
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9780191863967
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10.1093/actrade/9780198825258.003.0007
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9780198825258
How is the climate crisis affecting our sense of smell? ‘The smell of the future’ looks at the effect of chemical changes in the atmosphere and their disruptions to the behaviour of birds, ... More
2. Starting from common sense

2. Starting from common sense  

Timothy Williamson

in Philosophical Method: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2020
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Aug 2020
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9780191847240
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10.1093/actrade/9780198810001.003.0002
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9780198810001
Can we escape our reliance on common sense? ‘Starting from common sense’ examines what common sense is, what it isn’t, and its usefulness as a check on philosophy. Aristotle, Thomas Reid, ... More
3. Sunlight and motion

3. Sunlight and motion  

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/9780198766735.003.0003
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9780198766735
Water transparency powerfully indicates the state of health of a lake ecosystem. The water’s turbidity defines the physical habitat characteristics of lakes, strongly influencing their ... More
6. Oikos

6. Oikos  

Erle C. Ellis

in Anthropocene: A Very Short Introduction

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Mar 2018
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Mar 2018
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9780191834738
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10.1093/actrade/9780198792987.003.0006
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9780198792987
Human reshaping of ecology has been driving the Anthropocene transition since its very first beginnings. ‘Oikos’ explains that the Anthropocene poses even greater challenges for those ... More
6. When did it all begin? (and what is it anyway?)

6. When did it all begin? (and what is it anyway?)  

Julia Annas

in Ancient Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction

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Oct 2000
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Sep 2013
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9780191776359
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10.1093/actrade/9780192853578.003.0006
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9780192853578
When did the ancients begin their love of wisdom, which we recognize today as philosophical? How did the tradition begin? The Greeks themselves did not think that philosophy was original to ... More

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