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Time: A Very Short Introduction


Jenann Ismael

October 2021

Very Short Introductions

What is time? This book describes the developing physics of the concept of time from Newton, via Einstein, to the present day, and the related philosophical aspects. It also discusses the psychological experience of time and insights from cognitive science.

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Telescopes: A Very Short Introduction


Geoff Cottrell

December 2016

Very Short Introductions

Geoffrey Cottrell describes the rise of telescopes from early optical examples to the sophisticated range of modern telescopes on Earth and in space, opening up the cosmos in views from radio waves to gamma rays. Looking forward, he discusses the possibilities of the new generation of telescopes in construction today.

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Computational Seismology: A Practical Introduction


Heiner Igel

November 2016

This book is an introductory text to a range of numerical methods used today to simulate time-dependent processes in Earth science, physics, engineering, and many other fields. It looks under the hood of current simulation technology and provides guidelines on what to look out for when carrying out sophisticated simulation tasks.

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Isotopes: A Very Short Introduction


Rob Ellam

May 2016

Very Short Introductions

Isotopes are used in many areas of science and technology, including medicine, archaeology, and nuclear physics. They are central to our understanding of the Earth's past and current processes. Here, Rob Ellam explains the importance and applications of stable and radioactive isotopes.

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The Quantum Story: A history in 40 moments


Jim Baggott

April 2016

Utterly beautiful. Profoundly disconcerting. Quantum theory is quite simply the most successful account of the physical universe ever devised. The pursuit of its implications has been the driving motivation of physicists for 100 years. Jim Baggott traces the story, the personalities and the rivalries, through 40 turning-point moments.

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Hyperspace: A Scientific Odyssey through Parallel Universes, Time Warps, and the Tenth Dimension


Michio Kaku

April 2016

Hyperspace is the run-away bestseller from one of the world's leading theoretical physicists. Are there other dimensions beyond our own? Is time travel possible? Michio Kaku takes us on a tour of the most exciting work in modern physics, including research into 10-dimensional space, time warps, and multiple universes.

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The Emperor's New Mind: Concerning Computers, Minds, and the Laws of Physics


Roger Penrose

April 2016

In his bestselling work of popular science, Sir Roger Penrose takes us on a fascinating tour through the basic principles of physics, cosmology, mathematics, and philosophy to show that human thinking can never be emulated by a machine.

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Sound: A Very Short Introduction


Mike Goldsmith

December 2015

Very Short Introductions

This Very Short Introduction explores the science of sound and its nature, hearing and harmony. Considering sound we can't hear, the author also covers different sound worlds, as well as noise and its reduction.

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Light: A Very Short Introduction


Ian A. Walmsley

September 2015

Very Short Introductions

In this Very Short Introduction Ian Walmsley introduces the physics of light. Beginning with the earliest conceptions of the nature of light he traces the growth of our understanding, through competing particle and wave theories to wave-particle duality and quantum theory, and the latest exciting applications such as optoelectronics.

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A First Course in Vibrations and Waves


Mohammad Samiullah

August 2015

The book contains a detailed treatment of vibrations and waves at an introductory level. Since waves appear in almost all branches of physics and engineering, readers will be exposed to different types of waves in this book with a common language.

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Nuclear Physics: A Very Short Introduction


Frank Close

July 2015

Very Short Introductions

In this Very Short Introduction Frank Close describes the historical development of nuclear physics, our understanding of the nucleus, how nuclei form, and the applications of the field in medicine. Exploring key concepts, Frank Close shows how nuclear physics brings the physics of the stars to Earth.

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Microscopy: A Very Short Introduction


Terence Allen

May 2015

Very Short Introductions

In this Very Short Introduction Terence Allen introduces the reader to the full spectrum of microscopy techniques and advances. Explaining the history of microscopic techniques, development, principles, and recent technological advances, this is an ideal introduction for anyone studying the life sciences, physical sciences, and engineering.

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Materials: A Very Short Introduction


Christopher Hall

October 2014

Very Short Introductions

In this Very Short Introduction, Christopher Hall shows how material science combines physics, chemistry, and biology with engineering to understand and exploit materials and create new ones, often with extraordinary optical and electrical properties.

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The Oxford Solid State Basics


Steven H. Simon

June 2013

This is a first undergraduate textbook in Solid State Physics or Condensed Matter Physics. While most textbooks on the subject are extremely dry, this book is written to be much more exciting, inspiring, and entertaining.

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The Physics of Nanoelectronics: Transport and Fluctuation Phenomena at Low Temperatures


Tero T. Heikkilä

January 2013

Oxford Master Series in Physics

This book provides an introduction to phenomena and models in nanoelectronics. It starts from the basics, but also introduces topics of recent interest, such as superconducting qubits, graphene, and quantum nanoelectromechanics.

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Michael Faraday: A Very Short Introduction


Frank A.J.L James

November 2010

Very Short Introductions

Known as the 'father' of electrical engineering, Michael Faraday is one of the best known scientific figures of all time. In this Very Short Introduction, Frank A.J.L James looks at Faraday's life and works, examining the institutional context in which he lived and worked, his scientific research, and his continuing legacy in science today.

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Newton: A Very Short Introduction


Rob Iliffe

January 2007

Very Short Introductions

Newton's contributions to our understanding of the heavens and the earth are considered by many to be unparalleled. This Very Short Introduction explains his remarkable scientific theories, and also uses Newton's own unpublished writings to paint a picture of an extremely complex man whose beliefs had a huge impact on Europe's political, intellectual, and religious landscape.

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Galileo: A Very Short Introduction


Stillman Drake

February 2001

Very Short Introductions

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