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Radioactivity

Claudio Tuniz.

July 2012; p ublished 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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Nothing

Frank Close.

June 2009; p ublished 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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Magnetism

Stephen J. Blundell.

June 2012; p ublished 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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Chaos

Leonard Smith.

February 2007; p ublished 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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Superconductivity

Stephen J. Blundell.

May 2009; p ublished 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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The emergence of chaos

in Chaos

February 2007; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Physics. 5429 words.

‘The emergence of chaos’ explores the development of the study of chaos. Chaos is the mechanism which allows the rapid growth of uncertainty in mathematical models. Mathematical chaos is...

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Exponential growth, nonlinearity, common sense

in Chaos

February 2007; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Physics. 3728 words.

‘Exponential growth, nonlinearity, and common sense’ shows how exponential growth can affect prediction in chaotic systems. In systems which display exponential growth, at some point...

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Chaos in context: determinism, randomness, and noise

in Chaos

February 2007; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Physics. 7034 words.

‘Chaos in context: determinism, randomness, and noise’ explores the concepts of determinism in dynamical systems. There are at least three different kinds of dynamical systems:...

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Chaos in mathematical models

Leonard A. Smith.

in Chaos

February 2007; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Physics. 4193 words.

‘Chaos in mathematical models’ surveys chaotic mathematical models. Lord May used the Logistic Map to explain biological population fluctuations. The randomness of the fluctuations was...

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Fractals, strange attractors, and dimension(s)

Leonard A. Smith.

in Chaos

February 2007; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Physics. 2815 words.

‘Fractals, strange attractors, and dimension(s)’ provides an overview of fractals. Fractals are patterns that repeat at different scales, and display self-similarity. Theoretically these...

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