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1. Aristotle's quartet: the elements in antiquity

1. Aristotle's quartet: the elements in antiquity  

Philip Ball

in The Elements: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Apr 2004
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Apr 2014
eISBN: 
9780191776298
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192840998.003.0001
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chapter
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9780192840998
‘Aristotle's quartet: the elements in antiquity’ outlines how the study of elements progressed from ancient Greece to the seventeenth century. The Aristotelian system of elements claimed ... More
2. Revolution: how oxygen changed the world

2. Revolution: how oxygen changed the world  

Philip Ball

in The Elements: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Apr 2004
Published Online: 
Apr 2014
eISBN: 
9780191776298
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192840998.003.0002
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chapter
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9780192840998
‘Revolution: how oxygen changed the world’ charts the discovery of oxygen. Antoine Lavoisier found that water and air were not actually elements, and in the process discovered oxygen, ... More
Introduction

Introduction  

Nick Middleton

in Deserts: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Nov 2009
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777462
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199564309.003.0006
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chapter
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9780199564309
There isn't just one type of desert; they can appear in all sorts of climates. Deserts carry with them images of romance, hardship, spirituality, and natural beauty. The Introduction ... More
Epilogue

Epilogue  

Nick Middleton

in Rivers: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Apr 2012
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777974
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199588671.003.0006
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chapter
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9780199588671
We are all affected by rivers in some way, either by living next to one or through the plumbing systems in our homes. Rivers' impact on human society is immense and always has been. Rivers ... More
2. Water waves

2. Water waves  

Mike Goldsmith

in Waves: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Nov 2018
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Nov 2018
eISBN: 
9780191842092
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198803782.003.0002
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chapter
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9780198803782
Water waves may in fact be the most complex of all; out at sea, the water surface is a summation of an ever-changing mix of waves of many sizes, speeds, and directions, thanks largely to ... More
1. Why eat?

1. Why eat?  

David A. Bender

in Nutrition: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Jun 2014
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Jun 2014
eISBN: 
9780191779985
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199681921.003.0001
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9780199681921
A healthy adult eats about a tonne of food a year. ‘Why eat?’ explores the need for food and the uses to which it is put in the body. We eat because we are hungry, but why have we evolved ... More
2. A new technology is developed

2. A new technology is developed  

Maxwell Irvine

in Nuclear Power: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
May 2011
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777875
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199584970.003.0002
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9780199584970
‘A new technology is developed’ explains the process of nuclear fission and charts the development of nuclear weapons during the Second World War. In August 1939 a letter to President ... More
Water: A Very Short Introduction

Water: A Very Short Introduction  

John Finney

Print Publication Year: 
Aug 2015
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Aug 2015
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9780191785597
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198708728.001.0001
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book
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9780198708728
Water dominates the surface of Earth and is vital to life on our planet. It is a remarkable liquid that shows anomalous behaviour. Water: A Very Short Introduction introduces the science of ... More
5. Forest goods and services

5. Forest goods and services  

Jaboury Ghazoul

in Forests: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
May 2015
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May 2015
eISBN: 
9780191785306
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198706175.003.0005
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9780198706175
Our increasingly urbanized modern society is distanced from forest habitats so it is easy to forget that forests continue to provide many goods that we take for granted, as well as ... More
1. Introduction

1. Introduction  

Warwick F. Vincent

in Lakes: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Jan 2018
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Jan 2018
eISBN: 
9780191821035
DOI: 
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
2. Atmospheric physics

2. Atmospheric physics  

Paul I. Palmer

in The Atmosphere: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Mar 2017
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Mar 2017
eISBN: 
9780191788970
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198722038.003.0002
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9780198722038
Earth’s atmosphere is tied closely with the Sun. The Sun emits electromagnetic radiation at a wide range of wavelengths. Radiation is transported through the atmosphere by transmission, ... More
5. Climate change impacts

5. Climate change impacts  

Mark Maslin

in Climate Change: A Very Short Introduction (3rd edn)

Print Publication Year: 
Oct 2014
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Oct 2014
eISBN: 
9780191788376
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198719045.003.0005
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chapter
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9780198719045
What is dangerous climate change? What is our coping range? ‘Climate change impacts’ assesses the potential effects of climate change on the natural environment as well as on human ... More
Deserts: A Very Short Introduction

Deserts: A Very Short Introduction  

Nick Middleton

Print Publication Year: 
Nov 2009
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777462
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199564309.001.0001
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book
ISBN: 
9780199564309
Deserts: A Very Short Introduction explores the nature of deserts and the extent of their variety, climates, landscapes, wildlife, and human habitation. Typified by drought and ... More
Rivers: A Very Short Introduction

Rivers: A Very Short Introduction  

Nick Middleton

Print Publication Year: 
Apr 2012
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777974
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199588671.001.0001
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book
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9780199588671
Rivers: A Very Short Introduction describes the impact of rivers on land, human history, animals, plants, and in works of art. It explores the cultural resonances of rivers ... More
5. Dynamic ocean

5. Dynamic ocean  

Dorrik Stow

in Oceans: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Jul 2017
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Jul 2017
eISBN: 
9780191782428
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199655076.003.0005
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chapter
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9780199655076
‘Dynamic ocean’ explains the movement of water and energy in the oceans. Almost all surface waves are generated by wind stress with the three stages in wave development known as sea, swell, ... More
2. Its principles: atoms and molecules

2. Its principles: atoms and molecules  

Peter Atkins

in Chemistry: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Feb 2015
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Feb 2015
eISBN: 
9780191782459
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199683970.003.0002
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chapter
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9780199683970
There are a number of fundamental concepts that are essential to know about in order to understand any account of modern chemistry. ‘Its principles: atoms and molecules’ describes, in very ... More
3. Thermal nuclear reactors

3. Thermal nuclear reactors  

Maxwell Irvine

in Nuclear Power: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
May 2011
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777875
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199584970.003.0003
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chapter
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9780199584970
‘Thermal nuclear reactors’ explains how the technology that had ended the Second World War was turned into a source of civil power. It is now more than fifty years since operations of the ... More
7. Far-off worlds, distant suns

7. Far-off worlds, distant suns  

David C. Catling

in Astrobiology: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Oct 2013
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Oct 2013
eISBN: 
9780191779923
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199586455.003.0007
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chapter
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9780199586455
Beyond the Solar System, astronomers have discovered over 3,400 exoplanets. ‘Far-off worlds, distant suns’ explores the hunt for exoplanets and describes the methods astronomers have ... More
Glaciation: A Very Short Introduction

Glaciation: A Very Short Introduction  

David J. A. Evans

Print Publication Year: 
Oct 2018
Published Online: 
Oct 2018
eISBN: 
9780191808227
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198745853.001.0001
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book
ISBN: 
9780198745853
Vast, majestic, and often stunningly beautiful, glaciers lock up some 10 per cent of the world’s fresh water. These great bodies of ice play an important part in the Earth system, carving ... More
7. Lakes and us

7. Lakes and us  

Warwick F. Vincent

in Lakes: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Jan 2018
Published Online: 
Jan 2018
eISBN: 
9780191821035
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198766735.003.0007
Item type: 
chapter
ISBN: 
9780198766735
Humans are not only part of the lake ecosystem through activities including lake shore development and transportation of goods and people, but we can also do great damage to a lake and its ... More

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