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A Dictionary of Space Exploration

E. Julius Dasch.

January 2005; published online January 2006.

Book. Subjects: space and time. 2189 pages.160636 words.

Written by a team of experts, this dictionary covers the fascinating world of space exploration and every aspect of the technology involved. It explains the jargon used in space...

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Quantum Theory

John Polkinghorne.

May 2002; published online September 2013.

Book. Subjects: quantum physics. 128 pages.

Quantum Theory is the most revolutionary discovery in physics since Newton. Quantum Theory: A Very Short Introduction gives a lucid, exciting, and accessible account of the surprising and...

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The History of Astronomy

Michael Hoskin.

May 2003; published online September 2013.

Book. Subjects: history of science and technology; astronomy and cosmology. 136 pages.

The History of Astronomy: A Very Short Introduction traces the history of Western astronomy, from prehistoric times to the origins of astrophysics in the mid-nineteenth century and the...

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Particle Physics

Frank Close.

May 2004; published online September 2013.

Book. Subjects: particles and fields. 160 pages.

Particle Physics: A Very Short Introduction takes us on a journey into the atom to examine known particles such as quarks, electrons, and the ghostly neutrino. Along the way this VSI...

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Chaos

Leonard Smith.

February 2007; published online September 2013.

Book. Subjects: physics. 200 pages.

Chaos: A Very Short Introduction shows that we all have an intuitive understanding of chaotic systems. It uses accessible maths and physics (replacing complex equations with simple examples...

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Cosmology

Peter Coles.

August 2001; published online September 2013.

Book. Subjects: astronomy and cosmology. 160 pages.

Cosmology: A Very Short Introductionexplains what cosmology is and what cosmologists do, looks at the history of the subject, the development of the Big Bang theory, and more speculative...

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Galileo

Stillman Drake.

February 2001; published online September 2013.

Book. Subjects: Christianity; history of science and technology; astronomy and cosmology. 160 pages.

Galileo: A Very Short Introduction advances the hypothesis that Galileo's prosecution and condemnation by the Inquisition was caused not by his defiance of the Church but by the hostility...

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Information

Luciano Floridi.

February 2010; published online September 2013.

Book. Subjects: science and mathematics; history of science and technology; mathematics; physics. 152 pages.

Information: A Very Short Introduction explores the concept of information, central to modern science and society, from thermodynamics and DNA to our use of the mobile phone and the...

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Planets

David A. Rothery.

November 2010; published online September 2013.

Book. Subjects: astronomy and cosmology. 152 pages.

Planets: A Very Short Introduction demonstrates the excitement, uncertainties, and challenges faced by planetary scientists, and provides an overview of our Solar System and its origins,...

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Magnetism

Stephen J. Blundell.

June 2012; published online September 2013.

Book. Subjects: physics. 160 pages.

Magnetism: A Very Short Introduction explains the mysteries and importance of magnetism. For centuries magnetism has been used for various exploits: as a great healer, a navigation aid...

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