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  • Causation: A Very Short Introduction
    Causation: A Very Short Introduction (English, Paperback) Stephen Mumford, Rani Lill Anjum

    Without cause and effect, there would be no science or technology, no moral responsibility, and no system of law. Causation is therefore the most fundamental connection in the universe and a core topic of philosophical thought. This Very Short Introduction introduces all of the main theories of causation and its key debates.

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  • Anglicanism: A Very Short Introduction
    Anglicanism: A Very Short Introduction (English, Paperback) Mark Chapman

    What is Anglicanism? How is it different from other forms of Christianity, and how did it come to have so many different versions throughout the world? This title highlights the diversity of Anglicanism by exploring its history, theology, and structure, and examines what is it that holds Anglicanism together despite the crises.

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  • Philosophy of Science: Very Short Introduction
    Philosophy of Science: Very Short Introduction (English, Paperback) Samir Okasha

    This Very Short Introduction provides a concise overview of the main themes of contemporary philosophy of science. It explores the fundamental questions and challenges in the field, and looks at philosophical issues in particular sciences, including the problem of classification in biology, and the nature of space and time in physics.

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  • Astrophysics: A Very Short Introduction
    Astrophysics: A Very Short Introduction (English, Paperback) James Binney

    Astrophysics is said to have been born when Isaac Newton saw an apple drop in his orchard and had the electrifying insight that the Moon falls just like that apple. James Binney shows how the application of physical laws derived on Earth allows us to understand objects that exist on the far side of the Universe.

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  • Logic: A Very Short Introduction
    Logic: A Very Short Introduction (English, Paperback) Graham Priest

    Graham Priest shows that formal logic is a powerful, exciting part of modern philosophy - a tool for thinking about everything from the existence of God and the reality of time to paradoxes of probability. Explaining formal logic in simple, non-technical terms, this edition includes new sections on mathematical algorithms, axioms, and proofs.

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  • The Palestinian-Israeli Conflict: A Very Short Introduction
    The Palestinian-Israeli Conflict: A Very Short Introduction (English, Paperback) Martin Bunton

    The conflict between Palestine and Israel is one of the most highly publicized and bitter struggles in history. In this accessible and stimulating Very Short Introduction, Martin Bunton clearly explains the history of the problem, reducing it to its very essence - a modern territorial contest between two nations and one geographical territory.

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

    The concept of law lies at the heart of our social and political life, shaping the character of our community and underlying issues from racism and abortion to human rights and international war. The revised edition of this Very Short Introduction examines the central questions about law's relation to justice, morality, and democracy.

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  • Jewish History: A Very Short Introduction
    Jewish History: A Very Short Introduction (English, Paperback) David N. Myers

    How have the Jews survived? For millennia, they have defied odds by overcoming the travails of exile, persecution, and recurring plans for their annihilation. This book charts the long journey of the Jews through history. At the same time, it points to two unlikely factors to explain the survival of the Jews: antisemitism and assimilation.

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  • The Silk Road: A Very Short Introduction
    The Silk Road: A Very Short Introduction (English, Paperback) James A. Millward

    The phrase "silk road" evokes vivid scenes of merchants leading camel caravans across vast stretches to trade exotic goods in glittering Oriental bazaars, of pilgrims braving bandits and frozen mountain passes to spread their faith across Asia. Looking at the reality behind these images, this Very Short Introduction illuminates the historical background against which the silk road flourished,...

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  • Branding: A Very Short Introduction
    Branding: A Very Short Introduction (English, Paperback) Robert Jones

    Branding is possibly the most powerful commercial and cultural force on the planet. Robert Jones discusses the vast variety of brands, and why we still fall for them even as we are becoming more brand-aware. Looking at the philosophy and story behind brands, he considers how they work their magic, and what the future for brands might be.

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  • The Hebrew Bible as Literature: A Very Short Introduction
    The Hebrew Bible as Literature: A Very Short Introduction (English, Paperback) Tod Linafelt

    This book offers a thorough and lively introduction to the Hebrew Bible's two primary literary modes, narrative and poetry, foregrounding the nuances of plot, character, metaphor, structure and design, and intertextual allusions.

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  • Risk: A Very Short Introduction
    Risk: A Very Short Introduction (English, Paperback) Baruch Fischhoff, John Kadvany

    Risk is everywhere - from genetically modified crops, dams, and stem-cell therapy to heartbreak, online predators, inflation, and robbery. This Very Short Introduction examines what science has learned about how people deal with risks, what we can learn through decision theory, and how we can evaluate risk in our own lives.

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  • Probability: A Very Short Introduction
    Probability: A Very Short Introduction (English, Paperback) John Haigh

    Making good decisions under conditions of uncertainty requires an appreciation of the way random chance works. In this Very Short Introduction, John Haigh provides a brief account of probability theory; explaining the philosophical approaches, discussing probability distributions, and looking its applications in science and economics.

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  • Ethnomusicology: A Very Short Introduction
    Ethnomusicology: A Very Short Introduction (English, Paperback) Timothy Rice

    Ethnomusicology, an academic discipline founded in 1950, has been defined as the study of the music of others. This definition, at once whimsical and very nearly true, is incomplete. Many of its strongest threads have emerged because a person or a people have wanted to understand themselves, their history, and their identity.

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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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  • Economics: A Very Short Introduction
    Economics: A Very Short Introduction (English, Paperback) Partha Dasgupta

    Economics has the capacity to offer us deep insights into some of the most formidable problems of life, and offer solutions to them too. Combining a global approach with examples from everyday life, Partha Dasgupta reveals the connections between economics, politics, and development, and shows how these interactions create the world we live in today.

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  • The Immune System: A Very Short Introduction
    The Immune System: A Very Short Introduction (English, Paperback) Paul Klenerman

    The immune system is central to human health and the focus of much medical research. Growing understanding of the immune system, and especially the creation of immune memory (long lasting protection), which can be harnessed in the design of vaccines, have been major breakthroughs in medicine....

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  • The Cultural Revolution: A Very Short Introduction
    The Cultural Revolution: A Very Short Introduction (English, Paperback) Richard Curt Kraus

    Examines the radical Chinese Communist movement called the Cultural Revolution, a period of suppression so controversial in China, that the Chinese government forbids a full investigation into it even 50 years later. Original.

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  • Sociolinguistics: A Very Short Introduction
    Sociolinguistics: A Very Short Introduction (English, Paperback) John Edwards

    This Very Short Introduction deals with the social life of language, presenting a succinct account of the most important aspects - both "micro" and "macro" - of sociolinguistics, such as language variation, language attitudes, and the relationship between language and identity.

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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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