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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Mathematics

James Nicholson.

January 2014; published online January 2014.

Book. Subjects: Pure Mathematics. 3273 pages.165920 words.

Over 3,000 entries

Authoritative and reliable, this A–Z reference work provides jargon-free definitions for even the most technical mathematical terms. With entries ranging from Ac...

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Cryptography

Fred Piper and Sean Murphy.

May 2002; published online September 2013.

Book. Subjects: Applied Mathematics. 160 pages.

Cryptography: A Very Short Introduction provides a clear and informative introduction to cryptography and data protection — subjects of considerable social and political importance. It...

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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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Networks

Guido Caldarelli and Michele Catanzaro.

October 2012; published online September 2013.

Book. Subjects: Pure Mathematics. 136 pages.

Networks: A Very Short Introduction considers the basic elements of network theory and its applications using everyday examples from society, technology, nature, and history. It is...

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Probability

John Haigh.

April 2012; published online September 2013.

Book. Subjects: Probability. 144 pages.

Probability: A Very Short Introduction explores ideas of probability and the different philosophical approaches to it. It provides a brief account of the history of development of...

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The History of Mathematics

Jacqueline Stedall.

February 2012; published online September 2013.

Book. Subjects: History of Science and Technology; History of Mathematics. 144 pages.

The History of Mathematics: A Very Short Introduction is arranged thematically to exemplify the varied contexts in which people have learned, used, and handed on mathematics. Using...

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Symmetry

Ian Stewart.

May 2013; published online September 2013.

Book. Subjects: Pure Mathematics. 160 pages.

Symmetry: A Very Short Introduction provides an introduction to the formal theory of symmetry: group theory. Now a branch of abstract algebra, this subject first arose in the theory of...

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Complexity

John H. Holland.

July 2014; published online July 2014.

Book. Subjects: Mathematics; Applied Mathematics. 112 pages.

From the movement of flocks of birds to the Internet, environmental sustainability, and market regulation, the study and understanding of complex non-linear systems has become highly...

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Fractals

Kenneth Falconer.

September 2013; published online September 2013.

Book. Subjects: Geometry. 152 pages.

Fractals: A Very Short Introduction looks at the roots of the ‘fractal revolution’ that occurred in mathematics in the 20th century. It presents the ‘new geometry’ of fractals, explains the...

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Statistics

David J. Hand.

October 2008; published online September 2013.

Book. Subjects: Probability and Statistics. 136 pages.

Statistics: A Very Short Introduction describes a field very different from the dry and dusty discipline of the popular imagination. In its place is an exciting subject which uses deep...

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