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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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Algebra: A Very Short Introduction

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Peter M. Higgins

9780198732822
Paperback
22 October 2015
Very Short Introductions

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Applied Mathematics: A Very Short Introduction

£7.99

Alain Goriely

9780198754046
Paperback
22 February 2018
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Combinatorics: A Very Short Introduction

£7.99

Robin Wilson

9780198723493
Paperback
28 April 2016
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Cryptography: A Very Short Introduction

£7.99

Fred Piper, Sean Murphy

9780192803153
Paperback
30 May 2002
Very Short Introductions

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Fractals: A Very Short Introduction

£7.99

Kenneth Falconer

9780199675982
Paperback
26 September 2013
Very Short Introductions

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Game Theory: A Very Short Introduction

£7.99

Ken Binmore

9780199218462
Paperback
25 October 2007
Very Short Introductions

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Hermeneutics: A Very Short Introduction

£7.99

Jens Zimmermann

9780199685356
Paperback
22 October 2015
Very Short Introductions

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Infinity: A Very Short Introduction

£7.99

Ian Stewart

9780198755234
Paperback
23 March 2017
Very Short Introductions

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Leibniz: A Very Short Introduction

£7.99

Maria Rosa Antognazza

9780198718642
Paperback
22 September 2016
Very Short Introductions

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Logic: A Very Short Introduction

Second Edition

£7.99

Graham Priest

9780198811701
Paperback
26 October 2017
Very Short Introductions

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Mathematics: A Very Short Introduction

£7.99

Timothy Gowers

9780192853615
Paperback
22 August 2002
Very Short Introductions

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Newton: A Very Short Introduction

£7.99

Rob Iliffe

9780199298037
Paperback
25 January 2007
Very Short Introductions

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Numbers: A Very Short Introduction

£7.99

Peter M. Higgins

9780199584055
Paperback
24 February 2011
Very Short Introductions

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Probability: A Very Short Introduction

£7.99

John Haigh

9780199588480
Paperback
26 April 2012
Very Short Introductions

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Relativity: A Very Short Introduction

£7.99

Russell Stannard

9780199236220
Paperback
24 July 2008
Very Short Introductions

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Science and Religion: A Very Short Introduction

£7.99

Thomas Dixon

9780199295517
Paperback
24 July 2008
Very Short Introductions

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Statistics: A Very Short Introduction

£7.99

David J. Hand

9780199233564
Paperback
23 October 2008
Very Short Introductions

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Symmetry: A Very Short Introduction

£7.99

Ian Stewart

9780199651986
Paperback
30 May 2013
Very Short Introductions

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The History of Mathematics: A Very Short Introduction

£7.99

Jacqueline Stedall

9780199599684
Paperback
23 February 2012
Very Short Introductions

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The Laws of Thermodynamics: A Very Short Introduction

£7.99

Peter Atkins

9780199572199
Paperback
25 March 2010
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