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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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Mathematics

Timothy Gowers.

August 2002; published online September 2013.

Book. Subjects: mathematics; pure mathematics. 160 pages.

The aim of Mathematics: A Very Short Introduction is to explain, carefully but not technically, the differences between advanced, research-level mathematics, and the sort of mathematics we...

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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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Numbers

Peter M. Higgins.

February 2011; published online September 2013.

Book. Subjects: pure mathematics. 152 pages.

Numbers: A very Short Introduction unravels the world of numbers; demonstrating its richness, and providing a comprehensive view of the idea of the number. This VSI paints a picture of 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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