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  • Consciousness: A Very Short Introduction by Susan Blackmore
    Consciousness: A Very Short Introduction (English, Paperback) Susan Blackmore

    Some of our most burning questions surround consciousness: What creates our identity? Do we really have free will? Is consciousness itself an illusion? The rapid rate of developments in brain science continues to open up debate on these issues. This book clarifies the complex arguments and illuminates the major theories on consciousness.

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  • Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction by Edward Craig
    Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction (English, Paperback) Edward Craig

    How ought we to live? What really exists? How do we know? This book introduces important themes in ethics, knowledge, and the self, via readings from Plato, Hume, Descartes, Hegel, Darwin, and Buddhist writers. It emphasizes throughout the point of doing philosophy, explains how different areas of philosophy are related, and explores the contexts in which philosophy was and is done.

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  • The European Union: A Very Short Introduction by John Pinder
    The European Union: A Very Short Introduction (English, Paperback) John Pinder, Simon Usherwood

    Fully updated to include the migrant crisis, the UK's decision to leave the Union, and the state of the Euro currency, this accessible Very Short Introduction shows how and why the EU has developed, how its institutions works, and what it does - from the single market to the Euro, and from agriculture to peace-keeping and the environment.

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  • Philosophy of Religion: A Very Short Introduction by Tim Bayne
    Philosophy of Religion: A Very Short Introduction (English, Paperback) Tim Bayne

    Philosophy of religion contains some of our most burning questions about the role of religion in the world, and the relationship between believers and God. Tim Bayne considers the core debates surrounding the concept of God; the relationship between faith and reason; and the problem of evil, before looking at reincarnation and the afterlife.

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  • Marine Biology: A Very Short Introduction by Philip V. Mladenov
    Marine Biology: A Very Short Introduction (English, Paperback) Philip V. Mladenov

    In this Very Short Introduction, Philip Mladenov provides a fascinating overview of marine biology. Including a tour of marine life and marine processes that ranges from the polar oceans to tropical coral reefs, he outlines the principles of marine biology whilst demonstrating the fundamental impact humans have on the oceans and their ecology.

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  • Knowledge: A Very Short Introduction by Jennifer Nagel
    Knowledge: A Very Short Introduction (English, Paperback) Jennifer Nagel

    Human beings naturally desire knowledge. But what is knowledge? Is it the same as having an opinion? Highlighting the major developments in the theory of knowledge from Ancient Greece to the present day, Jennifer Nagel uses a number of simple everyday examples to explore the key themes and current debates of epistemology.

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  • Medical Ethics: A Very Short Introduction by Tony Hope
    Medical Ethics: A Very Short Introduction (English, Paperback) Tony Hope

    Issues in medical ethics is an area of ethics that has particular interest for the general public as well as the medical practitioner. This introduction deals with moral questions, such as euthanasia and the morality of killing, and also explores political questions such as: how should health care resources be distributed fairly?

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  • Forensic Psychology: A Very Short Introduction by David V. Canter
    Forensic Psychology: A Very Short Introduction (English, Paperback) David V. Canter

    Lie detection, offender profiling, insanity in the law, the minds of serial killers, and many other topics that fill news and fiction are all aspects of the rapidly developing area of Forensic Psychology. David Canter shows how these often controversial topics bridge the gaps between academics and practitioners, behavioural sciences, and the law.

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  • The History of Physics: A Very Short Introduction by J.L. Heilbron
    The History of Physics: A Very Short Introduction (English, Paperback) J.L. Heilbron

    How does the physics we know today - a highly professionalised enterprise, inextricably linked to government and industry - link back to its origins as a liberal art in Ancient Greece? John Heilbron's crisp and witty book tells the 2500-year story and highlights the implications for humankind's self-understanding.

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  • Buddhism: A Very Short Introduction by Damien Keown
    Buddhism: A Very Short Introduction (English, Paperback) Damien Keown

    In the new edition of this lively and accessible Very Short Introduction to Buddhism, Damien Keown looks at all the distinctive features of the major world faith; examining the development of Buddhist thought over the centuries, its impact on daily life in contemporary society, and the spread of Buddhism throughout the world.

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  • Behavioural Economics: A Very Short Introduction by Michelle Baddeley
    Behavioural Economics: A Very Short Introduction (English, Paperback) Michelle Baddeley

    Behavioural economics blends insights from economics and psychology to explain how people make everyday decisions. Analysing the forces that drive everyone's behaviour it helps us understand what people are motivated by, our impulse purchases, why we struggle to save, and how supermarkets can manipulate what and how much we buy.

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  • Genomics: A Very Short Introduction by John M. Archibald
    Genomics: A Very Short Introduction (English, Paperback) John M. Archibald

    In the years since the Human Genome Project, genomics has grown into a big and rapidly developing field driven by bioinformatics technology. The implications for our health and privacy, and our understanding of ecological systems and evolution are profound. This book provides an account of this exciting new science, its impact and its potential.

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  • Mathematics: A Very Short Introduction by Timothy Gowers
    Mathematics: A Very Short Introduction (English, Paperback) Timothy Gowers

    This book aims to explain, in clear non-technical language,what it is that mathematicians do, and how that differs from and builds on the mathematics that most people are familiar with from school. It is the ideal introduction for anyone who wishes to deepen their understanding of mathematics.

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  • Particle Physics: A Very Short Introduction by Frank Close
    Particle Physics: A Very Short Introduction (English, Paperback) Frank Close

    An introduction to the fundamental constituents of the universe. Beginning with a guide to what matter is made of and how it evolved, the author goes on to describe the techniques used to study it. He discusses quarks, electrons, and the neutrino, exotic matter, and antimatter. He also investigates the forces of nature, accelerators, and more.

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  • Civil Engineering: A Very Short Introduction by David Muir Wood
    Civil Engineering: A Very Short Introduction (English, Paperback) David Muir Wood

    Civil engineering produces the structures of all human settlements worldwide. In this Very Short Introduction, David Muir Wood demonstrates the nature and importance of civil engineering; not only in the history of civilization and urbanization, but its range of facets today, and its challenges for the future.

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  • Jung: A Very Short Introduction by Anthony Stevens
    Jung: A Very Short Introduction (English, Paperback) Anthony Stevens

    Explains the basic concepts of Jungian psychology, and examines Jung's views on such disparate subjects as myth, religion, alchemy, 'sychronicity', and the psychology of gender differences. This book also discusses the stages of life, Jung's theory of psychological types, the interpretation of dreams, and the practice of Jungian analysis.

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  • Viruses: A Very Short Introduction by Dorothy H. Crawford
    Viruses: A Very Short Introduction (English, Paperback) Dorothy H. Crawford

    From modern pandemics such as HIV, Ebola, and Zika, to stories of vaccination and antiviral drugs, this Very Short Introduction charts our struggle against viruses. Outlining their origins, structure, and method of infection, Dorothy Crawford explores the vast variety of viruses, and asks if we can live in harmony with them in the future.

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  • Banking: A Very Short Introduction by John O. S. Wilson
    Banking: A Very Short Introduction (English, Paperback) John O. S. Wilson, John Goddard

    This Very Short Introduction introduces the reader to the international world of banking. Offering a brief survey of the essential characteristics of the banking and financial systems of both developed and emerging countries and regions, it considers the future of banking after the recent global crises.

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  • Law: A Very Short Introduction by Raymond Wacks
    Law: A Very Short Introduction (English, Paperback) Raymond Wacks

    Law touches every aspect of our daily lives, and yet the main concepts, terms, and processes of the legal system remain obscure to many. This Very Short Introduction, in its second edition, provides a lucid, accessible guide to modern legal systems, explaining how the law works across our contemporary digital world.

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  • Applied Mathematics: A Very Short Introduction by Alain Goriely
    Applied Mathematics: A Very Short Introduction (English, Paperback) Alain Goriely

    Applied mathematics plays a role in many different fields, especially the sciences and engineering. Goriely explains its nature and its relationship to pure mathematics, and through a variety of applications - such as mathematical modelling to predict the effects of climate change - he illustrates its power in tackling very practical problems.

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