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Oxford's Very Short Introductions series offers concise and original introductions to a wide range of subjects - from Public Health to Buddhist Ethics, Soft Matter to Classics, and Art History to Globalization. Each volume provides an authoritative and engaging assessment of a concept, field, or body of work, drawing out the central ideas, themes, and approaches. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, new insights, and enthusiasm to make often challenging topics highly readable to develop your core knowledge. With over 700 titles and many more in development, as well as regularly updated new editions, the series is constantly evolving to reflect a contemporary readership. Whatever your area of study, whatever the topic that fascinates you, the series is an indispensable and accessible guide that will enrich your understanding.

"The Very Short Introductions range from worth reading to wonderfully appealing... Much of the pleasure to be found in them is the bedrock one of good nonfiction: facts... They appeal to us because the world is vast and strange, because everywhere we look, from the firefly flashing in the darkness to Auden's elegy for Yeats, there is something to provoke our curiosity, some sliver of existence that we want to understand." New Yorker Magazine

"I have a pile of the Short Introductions and they are uniformly excellent: an ideal way to dip your toe in a topic and, being relatively cheap, allow you to decide whether invest in more expensive tomes. They're well written by leaders in their area, thought-provoking and insightful." - Mark Greener, Fortean Times

"I absolutely LOVE the VSI series. It's just so well produced - excellent writing and interesting topics. Just a superb overall series to dive into." - Grrl Scientist, The Guardian

"I love the Very Short Introduction Series as should everyone who is interested in the history of ideas. They manage to straddle that difficult line between making the complex accessible without ever compromising on quality. The sheer range of subjects covered make the series an invaluable asset for anyone trying to understand the development of human thought. They are a must-go-to gateway for those of us keen to know more but needing a steer as to where to start." - Claire Fox, Director, Institute of Ideas

"The Oxford University Press VSI series... is to non-fiction what Penguin Books have always been for literature. - Jim Cullen, History News Network"

"Expert, concise but far from bland, Oxford's Very Short Introductions series must rank by now as a thinking reader's Wikipedia" - Boyd Tonkin, The Independent

"Great price, beautifully designed and produced, authoritative content and inviting subjects covered - if only all publishing hit these heights." - The Bookseller

"a fascinating series of 'all you need to know' introductions by experts to complex topics." - The Times

"The Very Short Introductions are fantastically informative books..." - Big Issue in the North

"I am addicted to this series of pocket-portable introductory lectures." - Guardian Review

"These Very Short Introductions have a style and integrity all of their own." - Scotsman

"A thoroughly good idea. Snappy, small format ... stylish design ... perfect to pop in your pocket for spare moments" - The Times

"A series of instantly accessible handbooks that neither shame our ignorance nor frighten us with their erudition. All are to be applauded." - Oxford Times

"If there's anything you ever wanted to know more about ... grab yourself one of these little beauties." - Sarky Cutt, Greenwich University

"These perfect books form a solid grounding in various subjects, stretching from the Bible and the Koran, to Social and Cultural Anthropology ... interesting, informative and concise, they combine to make a beautiful set. They will broaden your studies, widen your knowledge and maybe give you a chance of winning those pub quizzes once in a while!" - The Beaver, LSE

"Would make a useful addition to any bookshelf, and their size makes them ideal for carrying around" - Humanist Philosophers Group

"Attractively packaged and, very importantly these days ... attractively priced. They are the sort of books that can be read in a couple of evenings but repay further study." - The Philosophers Review

"Always invigorating" - Independent on Sunday

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Adolescence: A Very Short Introduction

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Peter K Smith

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01 August 2016
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Agriculture: A Very Short Introduction

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Paul Brassley and Richard Soffe

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01 July 2016
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Algebra: A Very Short Introduction

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Peter M. Higgins

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01 December 2015
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Amphibians: A Very Short Introduction

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T. S. Kemp

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01 October 2021
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Animal Behaviour: A Very Short Introduction

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Tristram D. Wyatt

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01 May 2017
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Anthropocene: A Very Short Introduction

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Erle C. Ellis

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22 May 2018
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Anxiety: A Very Short Introduction

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Daniel Freeman and Jason Freeman

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05 July 2012
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Applied Mathematics: A Very Short Introduction

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Alain Goriely

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22 April 2018
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Artificial Intelligence: A Very Short Introduction

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Margaret A. Boden

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01 December 2018
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Astrobiology: A Very Short Introduction

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David C. Catling

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01 January 2014
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Astrophysics: A Very Short Introduction

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James Binney

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01 June 2016
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Autism: A Very Short Introduction

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Uta Frith

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15 November 2008
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Bacteria: A Very Short Introduction

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Sebastian G.B. Amyes

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14 June 2013
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Big Data: A Very Short Introduction

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Dawn E. Holmes

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30 January 2018
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Biochemistry: A Very Short Introduction

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Mark Lorch

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03 August 2021
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Biogeography: A Very Short Introduction

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Mark V. Lomolino

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01 October 2020
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Biometrics: A Very Short Introduction

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Michael Fairhurst

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01 February 2019
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Black Holes: A Very Short Introduction

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Katherine Blundell

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01 February 2016
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Borders: A Very Short Introduction

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Alexander C. Diener and Joshua Hagen

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03 September 2012
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Chaos: A Very Short Introduction

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Lenny Smith

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16 April 2007
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