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Radioactivity

Claudio Tuniz.

July 2012; published online September 2013.

Book. Subjects: physics. 176 pages.

Radioactivity: A Very Short Introduction explains radioactivity and discusses its fundamental role in nature. Radioactivity remains misunderstood and feared perhaps because nuclear...

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Stars

Andrew King.

July 2012; published online September 2013.

Book. Subjects: astronomy and cosmology. 136 pages.

Stars: A Very Short Introduction looks at how stars live, producing all the chemical elements beyond helium, and how they die, leaving remnants such as black holes. Every atom of our bodies...

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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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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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Superconductivity

Stephen J. Blundell.

May 2009; published online September 2013.

Book. Subjects: physics. 168 pages.

Superconductivity: A Very Short Introduction offers a brief account of the history, significance and theories of superconductivity. Discovered by Dutch physicist Heike Kamerlingh Onnes in...

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Relativity

Russell Stannard.

July 2008; published online September 2013.

Book. Subjects: relativity. 128 pages.

Relativity: A Very Short Introduction makes the theory of relativity understandable and accessible. 100 years ago, Einstein's theory of relativity shattered the world of physics. Our...

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Galaxies

John Gribbin.

March 2008; published online September 2013.

Book. Subjects: astronomy and cosmology. 136 pages.

Galaxies: A Very Short Introduction explores the building blocks of the Universe. Standing like islands in space, each is made up of many hundreds of millions of stars in which the chemical...

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Nothing

Frank Close.

June 2009; published online September 2013.

Book. Subjects: physics. 176 pages.

Nothing: A Very Short Introduction explores the science and history of the elusive Void: from Aristotle, who insisted that the vacuum was impossible, via the theories of Newton and...

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Quantum Gravity

Claus Kiefer.

April 2012; published online May 2012.

Book. Subjects: mathematical and statistical physics. 408 pages.

This book is concerned with the attempts to unify Einstein's theory of general relativity and quantum theory into a theory of quantum gravity. It presents, for the first time, most of the...

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Novel Superfluids

Karl-Heinz Bennemann and John B. Ketterson.

February 2013; published online May 2013.

Book. Subjects: nuclear physics. 648 pages.

This book reports on the latest developments in the field of superfluidity. The phenomenon has had a tremendous impact on the fundamental sciences as well as a host of technologies. It...

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