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Waves: A Very Short Introduction

Goldsmith, Mike (Freelance acoustician)
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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Trees and Timber in the Anglo-Saxon World

Bintley, Michael D. J. (Lecturer in Earl
The very first collection of essays written about the role of trees in early medieval England, bringing together established specialists and new voices to present an interdisciplinary insight into the complex relationship between the early English and their woodlands.
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Beauty: A Very Short Introduction

Scruton R
From Botticelli to birdsong, Mozart, and the Turner Prize, Roger Scruton explores what it means for something to be beautiful. This thought-provoking introduction to the philosophy of beauty draws conclusions that some may find controversial, but, as Scruton shows, help us to find greater sense of meaning in the beautiful objects around us.
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Environmental Ethics: A Very Short Introduction

Attfield, Robin (Professor Emeritus of P
Robin Attfield introduces environmental ethics, exploring the values involved in issues such as pollution, habitat loss, and climate change. Considering the different groups involved in environmental ethics, and the attitudes of the world's religions to environmental stewardship, he calls for action from us all to manage our environment ethically.
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Modern Architecture: A Very Short Introduction

Sharr, Adam (Professor of Architecture,
Adam Sharr tells the story of how modern architecture developed and produced its powerful cultural images. Considering the new building materials and techniques which shaped the movement, such as innovations in steel and concrete and the advent of air conditioning, he concludes by asking whether contemporary architecture remains modern at heart.
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Mr Barry's War: Rebuilding the Houses of Parliament after the Great Fire of 1834

Shenton, Caroline (Director of the Parli
The saga of the epic battle to re-build the Houses of Parliament after the great fire of 1834, this is also the story of how the greatest construction programme in Britain for centuries produced one of the most famous and instantly recognizable buildings ever built
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Modern Architecture

Colquhoun, Alan
Presents an account of international modernism, exploring the complex motivations behind this revolutionary movement and assessing its triumphs and failures. The work of the main architects of the movement such as, Frank Lloyd Wright, Adolf Loos, and Mies van der Rohe is re-examined, shedding light on their roles as acknowledged masters.
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The Making of Our Urban Landscape

Tyack, Geoffrey (Emeritus Fellow, Univer
The Making of the English Urban Landscape tells the story of our towns and cities and how they came into being over the last two millennia.
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The Life and Death of Ancient Cities: A Natural History

Woolf, Greg (Director, Institute of Clas
The story of ancient cities from the end of the Bronze Age to the beginning of the Middle Ages: a tale of war and politics, pestilence and famine, triumph and tragedy, by turns both fabulous and squalid.
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