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  • Cognitive Neuroscience: A Very Short Introduction
    Cognitive Neuroscience: A Very Short Introduction (English, Paperback) Richard Passingham

    This Very Short Introduction describes the new field of cognitive neuroscience - the study of what happens in the brain when we perceive, think, reason, remember, and act. Focusing on the human brain, Passingham looks at the most recent research in the field, the modern brain imaging technologies, and what the images can and can't tell us.

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  • Utilitarianism: A Very Short Introduction
    Utilitarianism: A Very Short Introduction (English, Paperback) Katarzyna De Lazari-Radek, Peter Singer

    Utilitarianism is one of the most important and influential secular philosophies of modern times, and has drawn considerable debate and controversy. This Very Short Introduction considers its origins, its relevance to modern moral challenges, and the arguments and discussions around utilitarian approaches.

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  • Human Rights: A Very Short Introduction
    Human Rights: A Very Short Introduction (English, Paperback) Andrew Clapham

    What are our human rights? What are their philosophical justifications and historical origins? Focusing on highly topical issues such as torture, arbitrary detention, privacy, and discrimination, this Very Short Introduction discusses the controversies and complexities behind these vitally relevant issues.

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  • The Reformation: A Very Short Introduction
    The Reformation: A Very Short Introduction (English, Paperback) Peter Marshall

    The Reformation was a seismic event in European history, and one which changed the medieval world. Much which followed in European history can be traced back to this event. In this Very Short Introduction Peter Marshall seeks to explain the causes and consequences of religious and cultural division and difference in western Christianity.

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  • The Industrial Revolution: A Very Short Introduction
    The Industrial Revolution: A Very Short Introduction (English, Paperback) Robert C. Allen

    The Industrial Revolution was one of the great, transforming events of world history. Robert C. Allen explains what happened during this period, and why. He asks why the revolution occured in Britain rather than other countries, and looks at the impact of changing technology and business organizations on contemporary social structures.

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  • Marine Biology: A Very Short Introduction
    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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  • Kant: A Very Short Introduction
    Kant: A Very Short Introduction (English, Paperback) Roger Scruton

    Kant is arguably the most influential modern philosopher, but also one of the most difficult. Roger Scruton tackles his exceptionally complex subject with a strong hand, exploring the background to Kant's work, and showing why the Critique of Pure of Reason has proved so enduring.

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  • Leadership: A Very Short Introduction
    Leadership: A Very Short Introduction (English, Paperback) Keith Grint

    What is leadership? Are leaders born or bred? How do leaders lead? In this Very Short Introduction, Keith Grint considers these questions, prompting the reader to rethink their understanding of what leadership is. He examines the way leadership has evolved over time and explores how it is perceived, and used, in society today.

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  • Forensic Psychology: A Very Short Introduction
    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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  • Populism: A Very Short Introduction
    Populism: A Very Short Introduction (English, Paperback) Cas Mudde, Cristobal Rovira Kaltwasser

    A timely overview of populism, one of the most contested concepts in political journalism and the social sciences.

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  • Philosophy in the Islamic World: A Very Short Introduction
    Philosophy in the Islamic World: A Very Short Introduction (English, Paperback) Peter Adamson

    In this Very Short Introduction, Peter Adamson sheds light on the philosophical ideas that emerged in the Islamic world. From the beginnings of the tradition to the twenty first century, he traces the history of philosophy among those living in Islamic lands, highlighting its key themes and ongoing relevance to contemporary concerns.

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  • Civil Engineering: A Very Short Introduction
    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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  • Computer Science: A Very Short Introduction
    Computer Science: A Very Short Introduction (English, Paperback) Subrata Dasgupta

    While the development of Information Technology has been obvious to all, the underpinning computer science has been less apparent. Subrata Dasgupta provides a thought-provoking introduction to the field and its core principles, considering computer science as a science of symbol processing.

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  • Medical Ethics: A Very Short Introduction
    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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  • American History: A Very Short Introduction
    American History: A Very Short Introduction (English, Paperback) Paul S. Boyer

    In a miracle of concision, Paul S. Boyer provides a wide-ranging and authoritative history of America, capturing in a compact space the full story of our nation. Ranging from the earliest Native American settlers to the presidency of Barack Obama, this Very Short Introduction offers an illuminating account of politics, diplomacy, and war as well as the full spectrum of social, cultural, and...

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  • Spirituality: A Very Short Introduction
    Spirituality: A Very Short Introduction (English, Paperback) Philip Sheldrake

    With a decline in traditional religious belief, interest in spirituality has grown hugely in Western cultures. The notion of spirituality expresses the fact that many people are driven by goals that concern more than material satisfaction. Philip Sheldrake explores the historical foundations of spirituality and considers how it transforms lives.

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  • Marx: A Very Short Introduction
    Marx: A Very Short Introduction (English, Paperback) Peter Singer

    Peter Singer identifies the central vision that unifies Marx's thought, enabling us to grasp Marx's views as a whole. He explains alienation, historical materialism, the economic theory of Capital, and Marx's idea of communism, in plain English, and concludes with an assessment of Marx's legacy.

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  • Numbers: A Very Short Introduction
    Numbers: A Very Short Introduction (English, Paperback) Peter M. Higgins

    In this Very Short Introduction Peter M. Higgins presents an overview of the number types featured in modern science and mathematics. Providing a non-technical account, he explores the evolution of the modern number system, examines the fascinating role of primes, and explains their role in contemporary cryptography.

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  • The Middle Ages: A Very Short Introduction
    The Middle Ages: A Very Short Introduction (English, Paperback) Miri Rubin

    The Middle Ages (c.500-1500) includes a thousand years of European history. In this Very Short Introduction Miri Rubin tells the story of the times through the people and their lifestyles. Including stories of kingship and Christian salvation, agriculture and trade, Rubin demonstrates the remarkable nature and legacy of the Middle Ages.

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  • Public Health: A Very Short Introduction
    Public Health: A Very Short Introduction (English, Paperback) Virginia Berridge

    This Very Short Introduction outlines the nature of public health in our world today and places public health in its historical context from the earliest times, analysing in particular the changes in public health regulation through the nineteenth century and the twentieth and twenty first centuries.

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