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Particle Physics: A Very Short Introduction

Second Edition

£8.99

Frank Close

9780192873750
Paperback
28 September 2023

Very Short Introductions

Following the discovery of the Higgs boson, Frank Close has produced this major revision to his classic and compelling introduction to the fundamental particles that make up the universe.

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Observational Astronomy: A Very Short Introduction

£8.99

Geoff Cottrell

9780192849021
Paperback
27 April 2023

Very Short Introductions

Unlocking the secrets of the Universe involves the critical application of the laws of physics to the observations. This Very Short Introduction describes how we are turning observations into knowledge and how theory, in turn, is inspiring new observations.

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Dialogue on the Two Greatest World Systems

£14.99

Galileo, Mark Davie, William R. Shea

9780198840138
Paperback
25 November 2022

Oxford World's Classics

A new translation of the complete, unabridged text of Galileo's Dialogue, with a detailed introduction and explanatory notes, giving contemporary readers access in English to Galileo's authentic text with comprehensive and up-to-date notes.

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Planetary Systems: A Very Short Introduction

£8.99

Raymond T. Pierrehumbert

9780198841128
Paperback
09 December 2021

Very Short Introductions

For many decades, we were only familiar with our own system of planets, the Solar System, orbiting our Sun. Now we know that it is just one among a vast range of planetary systems around distant stars. This book explores the nature and variety of planetary systems, how they are formed, and how they die.

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Philosophy of Physics: A Very Short Introduction

£8.99

David Wallace

9780198814320
Paperback
22 April 2021

Very Short Introductions

Philosophy of physics is concerned with the deepest theories of modern physics - quantum theory, our theories of space, time and symmetry, and thermal physics - and their strange, even bizarre conceptual implications. This book explores the core topics in philosophy of physics, and discusses their relevance for both scientists and philosophers.

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The Sun: A Very Short Introduction

£8.99

Philip Judge

9780198832690
Paperback
23 April 2020

Very Short Introductions

Without the Sun, our planet - and life on it - would not exist. As our nearest star, the Sun is also important for astronomers and still presents many puzzles. Philip Judge explains what we know about the Sun's structure and evolution, solar phenomena, and the impact of solar activity on the Earth.

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Niels Bohr: A Very Short Introduction

£8.99

J. L. Heilbron

9780198819264
Paperback
23 January 2020

Very Short Introductions

This book introduces the life and work of one of the most creative physicists of the 20th century. Niels Bohr, the pioneer of quantum theory, ranking with Einstein in importance for the development of modern physics, also had deep interests in philosophy, literature, and humanism. John Heilbron explores how these influenced his groundbreaking work.

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Physics: A Very Short Introduction

£8.99

Sidney Perkowitz

9780198813941
Paperback
25 July 2019

Very Short Introductions

Physics encompasses all levels of nature from the subatomic to the cosmic, and underlies much of the technology around us. From modern quantum mechanics to cosmology, digital electronics, and energy production, this book discusses why physics is worth doing and how physicists do it.

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Matter: A Very Short Introduction

£8.99

Geoff Cottrell

9780198806547
Paperback
28 March 2019

Very Short Introductions

Geoff Cottrell explores matter, from its familiar forms as solids, liquids, and gases to plasmas, exotic forms of quantum matter, and antimatter. Discussing the origins of matter in the Big Bang, he looks at atoms, energy, mass, and the mysterious forms of dark matter and dark energy.

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Waves: A Very Short Introduction

£8.99

Mike Goldsmith

9780198803782
Paperback
22 November 2018

Very Short Introductions

From sound waves to gravitational waves, and from waves of light to crashing rollers on the ocean, Mike Goldsmith explores the fundamental features shared by all waves in the natural world, and considers the range of phenomena resulting from wave motion, including reflection, diffraction, and polarization in light, and beats and echoes in sound.

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Antimatter

Second Edition

£8.99

Frank Close

9780198831914
Paperback
25 October 2018

Frank Close explores the strange mirror world of antimatter, revealing that reality is even more fascinating than the sci-fi stories suggest. Explaining the science behind one of physics' most extraordinary discoveries, he shows how, through understanding antimatter, we can shed light on some of the deepest mysteries of the universe.

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A Dictionary of Science

Seventh Edition

£12.99

Jonathan Law

9780198738374
Paperback
23 March 2017

Oxford Quick Reference

This bestselling dictionary contains more than 9,500 entries on all aspects of chemistry, physics, biology (including human biology), earth sciences, computer science, and astronomy. With clear and concise definitions and recommended web links for many entries, this A-Z is a reliable reference work for science students as well as non-scientists.

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Gravity: A Very Short Introduction

£8.99

Timothy Clifton

9780198729143
Paperback
23 February 2017

Very Short Introductions

Gravity is the most immediately familiar of the four fundamental forces of nature, and its effects dominate many of the phenomena commonly observed. Timothy Clifton looks at the development of our understanding of gravity, from Newton's apple to gravitational waves and efforts such as string theory to combine gravity with quantum mechanics.

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Telescopes: A Very Short Introduction

£7.99

Geoff Cottrell

9780198745860
Paperback
08 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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Copernicus: A Very Short Introduction

£8.99

Owen Gingerich

9780199330966
Paperback
11 August 2016

Very Short Introductions

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Astrophysics: A Very Short Introduction

£8.99

James Binney

9780198752851
Paperback
24 March 2016

Very Short Introductions

Astrophysics is said to have been born when Isaac Newton saw an apple drop in his orchard and had the electrifying insight that the Moon falls just like that apple. James Binney shows how the application of physical laws derived on Earth allows us to understand objects that exist on the far side of the Universe.

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The Quantum Divide: Why Schrödinger's Cat is Either Dead or Alive

£18.99

Christopher C. Gerry, Kimberley M. Bruno

9780198754077
Paperback
03 March 2016

A semi-popular account of quantum physics based primarily on optical experiments performed over the past three decades. The book discusses how and where one can draw the border between the quantum and classical worlds, or indeed whether a border needs to be drawn at all.

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Moons: A Very Short Introduction

£8.99

David A. Rothery

9780198735274
Paperback
26 November 2015

Very Short Introductions

Our Solar System contains more moons than planets. They show astonishing variety, and some look more likely than Mars to host microbial life. David Rothery describes these fascinating small worlds, their discovery, names, and what they can tell us about our Solar System.

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Astrobiology: A Very Short Introduction

£8.99

David C. Catling

9780199586455
Paperback
24 October 2013

Very Short Introductions

Astrobiologists study the origin and evolution of life on Earth and the possibility of life beyond Earth; a question that has fascinated scientists for hundreds of years. In this Very Short Introduction, David C. Catling introduces the latest scientific understanding of astrobiology, incorporating aspects of microbiology, geology, and astronomy.

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Radioactivity: A Very Short Introduction

£8.99

Claudio Tuniz

9780199692422
Paperback
26 July 2012

Very Short Introductions

Radioactivity - the breakdown of unstable atomic nuclei, releasing radiation - is a fundamental process in nature, and used to provide important applications in science, medicine, and energy production. But it remains misunderstood and feared. In this Very Short Introduction, Claudio Tuniz explains the nature and mechanisms of radioactivity.

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