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Plate Tectonics: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
Plate Tectonics: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
by Peter Molnar
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The 1960s revealed a new and revolutionary idea in geological thought: that the continents drift with respect to one another. After having been dismissed for decades as absurd, the concept gradually became part of geology's basic principles. We now know... (read more)

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Thought: Very Short Introduction (13 Edition)
Thought: Very Short Introduction (13 Edition)
by Tim Bayne
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There is no denying that thinking comes naturally to human beings. But what are thoughts? How is thought realized in the brain? Does thinking occur in public or is it a purely private affair? Do young children and non-human animals think? Is human... (read more)

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Ethnomusicology (14 Edition)
Ethnomusicology (14 Edition)
by Timothy Rice
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Ethnomusicologists believe that all humans, not just those we call musicians, are musical, and that musicality is one of the essential touchstones of the human experience. This insight raises big questions about the nature of music and the nature of... (read more)

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Entrepreneurship (Very Short Introductions)
Entrepreneurship (Very Short Introductions)
by Paul Westhead
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There has been an explosion of interest in entrepreneurs in the popular media, as well as in business, policy, and education. But what do entrepreneurs do and why is what they do important? Paul Westhead and Mike Wright weave a pathway through the... (read more)

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Genes: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
Genes: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
by Jonathan Slack
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In this exploration of the concept of the gene, Jonathan Slack looks at the discovery, nature, and role of genes in both evolution and development. Explaining the nature of genetic variation in the human population, how hereditary factors were identified... (read more)

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American Political History: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
American Political History: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
by Donald Critchlow
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The Founding Fathers who drafted the United States Constitution in 1787 distrusted political parties, popular democracy, centralized government, and a strong executive office. Yet the country's national politics have historically included all those... (read more)

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Psychology: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
Psychology: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
by Freda Mcmanus
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Psychology is part of everyone's experience: it influences the way we think about everything from education and intelligence, to relationships and emotions, advertising and criminality. People readily behave as amateur psychologists, offering... (read more)

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The Great Depression and the New Deal: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
The Great Depression and the New Deal: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
by Eric Rauchway
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The New Deal shaped our nation's politics for decades, and was seen by many as tantamount to the "American Way" itself. Now, in this superb compact history, Eric Rauchway offers an informed account of the New Deal and the Great Depression, illuminating... (read more)

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Anxiety: Very Short Introduction (12 Edition)
Anxiety: Very Short Introduction (12 Edition)
by Freeman Daniel
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Are we born with our fears or do we learn them? Why do our fears persist? What purpose does anxiety serve? How common are anxiety disorders, and which treatments are most effective? What's happening in our brain when we feel fear? This Very Short... (read more)

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Engineering: a Very Short Introduction (12 Edition)
Engineering: a Very Short Introduction (12 Edition)
by David Blockley
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Engineering is part of almost everything we do--from the buildings we live in and the roads and railways we travel on, to the telephones and computers we use to communicate and the X-ray machines that help doctors diagnose diseases. In this Very Short... (read more)

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Iran: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
Iran: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
by Ali Ansari
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Iran has rarely been out of the headlines. Yet media interest and extensive coverage has tended to hinder rather than help our understanding of Iran as an idea, an identity, and a people, leading to a superficial understanding of what is a complex and... (read more)

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Physical Chemistry (Very Short Introductions)
Physical Chemistry (Very Short Introductions)
by Peter Atkins
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With the development of a variety of exciting new areas of research involving computational chemistry, nano- and smart materials, and applications of the recently discovered graphene, there can be no doubt that physical chemistry is a vitally important... (read more)

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Chemistry: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
Chemistry: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
by Peter Atkins
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Most people remember chemistry from their schooldays as largely incomprehensible, a subject that was fact-rich but understanding-poor, smelly, and so far removed from the real world of events and pleasures that there seemed little point, except for the... (read more)

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Fractals: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
Fractals: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
by Kenneth Falconer
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From the contours of coastlines to the outlines of clouds, and the branching of trees, fractal shapes can be found everywhere in nature. In this Very Short Introduction, Kenneth Falconer explains the basic concepts of fractal geometry, which produced a... (read more)

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Robotics (Very Short Introductions)
Robotics (Very Short Introductions)
by Alan Winfield
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Robotics is a key technology in the modern world, a well-established part of manufacturing and warehouse automation, assembling cars or washing machines, or moving goods to and from storage racks for Internet mail order. Robots have taken their first... (read more)

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Colonial Latin American Literature (Very Short Introductions)
Colonial Latin American Literature (Very Short Introductions)
by Rolena Adorno
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A vivid account of the literary culture of the Spanish-speaking Americas from the time of Columbus to Latin American Independence, this Very Short Introduction explores the origins of Latin American literature in Spanish and tells the story of how... (read more)

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Peace: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
Peace: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
by Oliver P. Richmond
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The concept of peace has always attracted radical thought, action, and practices. It has been taken to mean merely an absence of overt violence or war, but in the contemporary era it is often used interchangeably with 'peacemaking', 'peacebuilding... (read more)

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Bacteria: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
Bacteria: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
by Sebastian G. B. Amyes
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Bacteria form a fundamental branch of life. They are the oldest forms of life and the most prolific of all living organisms, inhabiting every part of the Earth's surface, its ocean depths, and even such inhospitable places as boiling hot springs. In this... (read more)

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Microeconomics (Very Short Introductions)
Microeconomics (Very Short Introductions)
by Avinash Dixit
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Microeconomics - individuals' choices of where to live and work, how much to save, what to buy, and firms' decisions about location, hiring, firing, and investment - involves issues that concern us on a daily basis. But when people think about economics,... (read more)

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Keynes: Very Short Introduction (10 Edition)
Keynes: Very Short Introduction (10 Edition)
by Robert Skidelsky
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John Maynard Keynes (1883-1946) is a central thinker of the twentieth century, not just an economic theorist and statesman, but also an important figure in economics, philosophy, politics, and culture. In this Very Short Introduction Lord Skidelsky, a... (read more)

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