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Very Short Introductions can change the way you think about the things that interest you, and are the perfect introduction to subjects you previously knew nothing about. Because of this, they have proven to be extremely popular with general readers, as well as students and their lecturers.

Very Short Introductions are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make often challenging topics highly readable.

So, where's the gap in your knowledge? ...

"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" - Lisa Jardine, 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 theres 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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Agriculture: A Very Short Introduction

£7.99

Paul Brassley, Richard Soffe

9780198725961
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28 April 2016
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Civil Engineering: A Very Short Introduction

£7.99

David Muir Wood

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27 September 2012
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Climate: A Very Short Introduction

£7.99

Mark Maslin

9780199641130
Paperback
27 June 2013
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Engineering: A Very Short Introduction

£7.99

David Blockley

9780199578696
Paperback
22 March 2012
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Information: A Very Short Introduction

£7.99

Luciano Floridi

9780199551378
Paperback
25 February 2010
Very Short Introductions

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Innovation: A Very Short Introduction

£7.99

Mark Dodgson, David Gann

9780199568901
Paperback
25 March 2010
Very Short Introductions

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Materials: A Very Short Introduction

£7.99

Christopher Hall

9780199672677
Paperback
23 October 2014
Very Short Introductions

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Measurement: A Very Short Introduction

£7.99

David J. Hand

9780198779568
Paperback
06 October 2016
Very Short Introductions

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Projects: A Very Short Introduction

£7.99

Andrew Davies

9780198727668
Paperback
26 October 2017
Very Short Introductions

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Robotics: A Very Short Introduction

£7.99

Alan Winfield

9780199695980
Paperback
27 September 2012
Very Short Introductions

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Structural Engineering: A Very Short Introduction

£7.99

David Blockley

9780199671939
Paperback
25 September 2014
Very Short Introductions

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The Computer: A Very Short Introduction

£7.99

Darrel Ince

9780199586592
Paperback
24 November 2011
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