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The History of Life: A Very Short Introduction

The History of Life: A Very Short Introduction

  • Author: Michael J. Benton
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford
  • ISBN: 0191578789
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 184
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There are few stories more remarkable than the evolution of life on earth. This Very Short Introduction presents a succinct guide to the key episodes in that story - from the very origins of life four million years ago to the extraordinary diversity of species around the globe today. Beginning with an explanation of the controversies surrounding the birth of life itself, each following chapter tells of a major breakthrough that made new forms of life possible: including sex and multicellularity, hard skeletons, and the move to land. Along the way, we witness the greatest mass extinction, the first forests, the rise of modern ecosystems, and, most recently, conscious humans. Introducing ideas from a range of scientific disciplines, from evolutionary biology and earth history, to geochemistry, palaeontology, and systematics, Michael Benton explains how modern science pieces the evidence in this vast evolutionary puzzle together, to build up an accessible and up-to-date picture of the key developments in the history of life on earth. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

The Meaning of Life: A Very Short Introduction

The Meaning of Life: A Very Short Introduction

  • Author: Terry Eagleton
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford
  • ISBN: 9780191579035
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Page: 128
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We have all wondered about the meaning of life. But is there an answer? And do we even really know what we're asking? Terry Eagleton takes a stimulating and quirky look at this most compelling of questions: at the answers explored in philosophy and literature; at the crisis of meaning in modern times; and suggests his own solution to how we might rediscover meaning in our lives.

The History of Medicine: A Very Short Introduction

The History of Medicine: A Very Short Introduction

  • Author: William Bynum
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • ISBN: 019921543X
  • Category: Medical
  • Page: 169
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This Very Short Introduction explores the history of Western medicine, examining the key turning points, discoveries, and controversies in its rich history from classical times to the present.

The History of Cinema

The History of Cinema

  • Author: Geoffrey Nowell-Smith
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • ISBN: 0198701772
  • Category: Performing Arts
  • Page: 144
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Cinema was the first, and is arguably still the greatest, of the industrialized art forms that came to dominate the cultural life of the twentieth century. Today, it continues to adapt and grow as new technologies and viewing platforms become available, and remains an integral cultural and aesthetic entertainment experience for people the world over. Cinema developed against the backdrop of the two world wars, and over the years has seen smaller wars, revolutions, and profound social changes. Its history reflects this changing landscape, and, more than any other art form, developments in technology. In this Very Short Introduction, Nowell-Smith looks at the defining moments of the industry, from silent to sound, black and white to color, and considers its genres from intellectual art house to mass market entertainment. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introduction series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

Plants: A Very Short Introduction

Plants: A Very Short Introduction

  • Author: Timothy Walker
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • ISBN: 0199584060
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 129
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Plants are a fundamental part of the biosphere and their evolution has directly affected animal life, and the Earth's climate. This Very Short Introduction provides a concise account of the nature of plants, their variety, their evolution, and their importance and uses, stressing the importance of conservation for the future.

Human Evolution: A Very Short Introduction

Human Evolution: A Very Short Introduction

  • Author: Bernard Wood
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • ISBN: 0192803603
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 131
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This introduction traces the history of paleoanthropology from its beginnings in the 18th century to the latest fossil finds. It concentrates on the fossil evidence for human evolution, making reference to the relevant archaeological evidence when appropriate.

Astrobiology: A Very Short Introduction

Astrobiology: A Very Short Introduction

  • Author: David C. Catling
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • ISBN: 0199586454
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 142
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Examines the origins of life on Earth and the search for extraterrestrial life, through an understanding of the factors that have allowed life to exist on this planet and the commonalities on others that may enable life elsewhere.

The Animal Kingdom: A Very Short Introduction

The Animal Kingdom: A Very Short Introduction

  • Author: Peter Holland
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • ISBN: 0199593213
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 126
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Molecular biology has revolutionized our understanding of animals and their evolution. In this Very Short Introduction, Peter Holland provides an authoritative summary of the modern view of animal life, its origins, and the new classification resulting from DNA studies.

American Legal History: A Very Short Introduction

American Legal History: A Very Short Introduction

  • Author: G. Edward White
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • ISBN: 0199766002
  • Category: Law
  • Page: 149
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A concise examination of the central role of legal decisions in shaping key social issues explores topics ranging from Native American affairs and slavery to business and home life as well as how criminal and civil offenses have been addressed in positive and negative ways. Original.

American History

American History

A Very Short Introduction

  • Author: Paul S. Boyer
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • ISBN: 019538914X
  • Category: History
  • Page: 161
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This volume in Oxford's A Very Short Introduction series offers a concise, readable narrative of the vast span of American history, from the earliest human migrations to the early twenty-first century when the United States loomed as a global power and comprised a complex multi-cultural society of more than 300 million people. The narrative is organized around major interpretive themes, with facts and dates introduced as needed to illustrate these themes. The emphasis throughout is on clarity and accessibility to the interested non-specialist.