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Information A Very Short Introduction

Author : Luciano Floridi
ISBN : 9780199551378
Genre : Computers
File Size : 44.84 MB
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Luciano Floridi unpacks this fundamental concept - what information is, how it is measured, its value and meaning - cutting across the sciences and humanities, from DNA to the Internet, and the ethical issues related to privacy, copyright, and accessibility.
Category: Computers

The Eye A Very Short Introduction

Author : Michael F. Land
ISBN : 9780191669798
Genre : Science
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The eye is one of the most remarkable achievements of evolution, and has evolved up to 40 times in different parts of the animal kingdom. In humans, vision is the most important sense, and much of the brain is given over to the processing of visual information. In this Very Short Introduction, Michael Land describes the evolution of vision and the variety of eyes found in both humans and animals. He explores the evolution of colour vision in primates and the workings of the human eye, to consider how that contributes to our visual ability. He explains how we see in three dimensions and the basic principles of visual perception, including our impressive capacity for pattern recognition and the ability of vision to guide action. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.
Category: Science

The History Of Medicine A Very Short Introduction

Author : William Bynum
ISBN : 9780199215430
Genre : Medical
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This Very Short Introduction explores the history of Western medicine, examining the key turning points, discoveries, and controversies in its rich history from classical times to the present.
Category: Medical

Epidemiology A Very Short Introduction

Author : Rodolfo Saracci
ISBN : 9780199543335
Genre : Medical
File Size : 90.58 MB
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Epidemiology is the study of the changing patterns of disease. It is a vital field, central to the health of society, to the identification of causes of disease, and to their management and prevention. This Very Short Introduction dispels some of the myths relating to clinical trials, vaccination campaigns, and statistics concerning disease.
Category: Medical


Author : Ian A. Walmsley
ISBN : 9780199682690
Genre : Light
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Introduces readers to the basic properties of light -reflection and refraction, polarization, and interference- before moving on to how light is generated, its role in relativity, and quantum effects it exhibits.
Category: Light

Teeth A Very Short Introduction

Author : Peter S. Ungar
ISBN : 9780199670598
Genre : Medical
File Size : 43.64 MB
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Teeth are amazing - the product of half a billion years of evolution. They provide fuel for the body by breaking apart other living things; and they must do it again and again over a lifetime without themselves being broken in the process. In this Very Short Introduction, Peter S. Ungar, an award-winning author and leading scientist, presents the story of teeth. Ungar outlines the key concepts, including insights into the origin of teeth and theirevolution. Considering why teeth are important, he describes how they are made, and how they work, including their fundamental importance in the fossil record. Ungar finishes with a review of mammal teeth, looking athow they evolved and how recent changes to our diet are now affecting dental health.
Category: Medical


Author : Christopher Nobes
ISBN : 9780199684311
Genre : Business & Economics
File Size : 43.39 MB
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Accounting: A Very Short Introduction introduces terms like 'debits', 'pre-tax income' and 'goodwill'. Christopher Nobes covers all of the basic concepts of accounting and examines the main areas of accounting work, such as bookkeeping, financial reporting, auditing, and management accounting.
Category: Business & Economics

Engineering A Very Short Introduction

Author : David Blockley
ISBN : 9780199578696
Genre : Technology & Engineering
File Size : 43.85 MB
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Engineering is part of almost everything we do - from the water we drink and the food we eat, to the buildings we live in and the roads and railways we travel on. This book explores the nature and practice of engineering, its history, its scope, and its relationship with art, science and technology.
Category: Technology & Engineering


Author : Julia Annas
ISBN : 019280216X
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
File Size : 66.46 MB
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This introduction to Plato focuses on the philosophy and argument of his writings, drawing the reader into Plato's way of doing philosophy, and the general themes of his thinking. It includes a brief account of Plato's life.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Viruses A Very Short Introduction

Author : Dorothy H. Crawford
ISBN : 9780199574858
Genre : Medical
File Size : 66.48 MB
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Discusses the discovery of viruses, analyzes the threat of viral infections, and considers ways to prevent the emergence of new and devastating viruses.
Category: Medical