|| DATA PROCESSING and COMPUTER SCIENCE
||1 Ince, Darrel
The Computer : a very short introduction / Darrel Ince.--
Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011.
140p. , 17cm.
(Very short introductions, 292).
ISBN : 9780199586592.
004.16 INC 143897
In this introduction, the author looks at the basic
concepts behind all computers, the changes in hardware
and software that allowed computers to become so small
and commonplace, the challenges produced by the computer
revolution - especially whole new modes of cybercrime and
security issues, the Internet and the advent of -cloud
computing-, and the promise of whole new horizons opening
up with quantum computing, and even computing using DNA.
** Computers, Computers -- History, Computer science,
Computer science -- History.
|| PERCEPTION,MOVEMENT,EMOTIONS and DRIVES
||2 Freeman, Daniel
Anxiety : a very short introduction / Daniel Freeman and
Jason Freeman.-- Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012.
xiv, 155p. , 17cm.
(Very short introductions, 318)
ISBN : 9780199567157.
152.46 FRE 143902
This book draws on the best scientific research to offer
a highly accessible explanation of what anxiety is, why
it is such a normal and vital part of our emotional life,
and the key factors that cause it. Insights are drawn
from psychology, neuroscience, genetics, epidemiology and
clinical trials. Providing a fascinating illustration of
the discussion are two interviews conducted specifically
for the book, with the actor, writer and director Michael
Palin and former England football manager Graham Taylor.
|| POLITICAL SCEINCE
||3 Bevir, Mark
Governance : a very short introduction / Mark Bevir.--
Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012.
132p. , 17cm.
(Very short introductions , 333).
ISBN : 9780199606412.
320 BEV 143901
In this book the author considers not only the main
theories of governance, but also their relation to forms
of social coordination and patterns of rule, and their
impact on corporate, public, and global affairs.
** Political science, Policy sciences, Governance
||4 Akerlof, George A
Phishing for phools : the economics of manipulation and
deception / George A Akerlof and Robert J Shiller.--
Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2015.
xvi, 272p. 23cm.
ISBN : 9780691168319.
330.019 AKE 143888
The authors argue that markets harm as well as help us.
As long as there is profit to be made, sellers will
systematically exploit our psychological weaknesses and
our ignorance through manipulation and deception. The
financial system soars, then crashes. In doing so they
explain a paradox: why, at a time when we are better off
than ever before in history, all too many of us are
leading lives of quiet desperation.
** Economics -- Psychological aspects, Free enterprise --
|| FINANCIAL ECONOMICS
||5 Sikdar, Soumyen
Capital flows and exchange rate management / Soumyen
Sikdar.-- New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2013.
xiv,135p. , 18cm.
(Oxford India short introductions.)
ISBN : 9780198075455.
332.04240954 SIK 143910,143911
This book analyses the basic forces driving capital
flows, their impact on the exchange rate, and their
implications for foreign reserves and domestic money
supply in the context of Indian economy.
** Capital movements -- India, Foreign exchange rates --
India, Capital movements, Foreign exchange rates.
||6 Lal, Deepak
Poverty and progress : realities and myths about global
poverty / Deepak Lal.-- New Delhi: Oxford University
xi, 248p. , 23cm.
ISBN : 9780199458103.
338.91 LAL 143893
In this book the author draws on 50 years of experience
around the globe to describe developing-country realities
and rectify misguided notions about economic progress.
Part One of Poverty and Progress assesses poor-country
realities by tracking growth through globalization, the
rapid rate of change in standard-of-living indicators
over the last half century, and in how political economy
affects economic growth rates in developing countries. In
Part Two, Lal examines the myths and confusion about poor
countries, including calculations that exaggerate the
extent of poverty, overstated claims made on behalf of
microfinance, the resurrection of discredited theories,
such as vicious circles of poverty, and the need for
massive foreign aid to save Africa.
** Poverty, Economic development, Economic development --
Africa, Development economics, Business and economics --
development -- business development, Business and economics
-- development -- economic development, Business and
economics -- development -- general, Business and economics
-- government and business, Business and economics --
structural adjustment, Political science -- public policy
-- economic policy.
|| MACROECONOMICS and RELATED TOPICS
||7 Coyle, Diane
GDP : a brief but affectionate history / Diane Coyle.--
Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2014. ix, 167p. ,
ISBN : 9780691169859.
339.3109 COY 143889
Why did the size of the U.S. economy increase by 3
percent on one day in mid-2013 - or Ghana-s balloon by 60
percent overnight in 2010? Why did the U.K. financial
industry show its fastest expansion ever at the end of
2008 - just as the world-s financial system went into
meltdown? The answers to these questions lie in the way
we define and measure national economies around the
world: Gross Domestic Product. The author traces the
history of this artificial, abstract, complex, but
exceedingly important statistic. She tells the story of
GDP and makes the case that it is increasingly
inappropriate for a twenty-first century economy driven
by innovation, service and intangible goods.
** Gross domestic product -- History, Economic history,
Economics -- History, Econometrics -- History,
Econometrics, Economics, Gross domestic product.
|| INLAND WATERWAY and FERRY TRANSPORTATION
||8 Dewey, Clive
Steamboats on the Indus : the limits of western
technological superiority in South Asia / Clive Dewey.--
New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2014.
xvii, 296p. , 28cm.
ISBN : 9780198092193.
386.095409034 DEW 143892
Two forms of water transport competed for supremacy on
the Indus and its tributaries in the middle of the
nineteenth century: the local country boats and the
steamboats imported by the British. Dewey-s meticulously
researched account of the Indus steamboats is
entertaining, ironic and scholarly. He demonstrates
convincingly that, while steam technology had an almost
magical hold over the Victorian imagination, in the Indus
that technology met its match.
** River boats -- South Asia -- History -- 19th century,
Steamboats -- South Asia -- History -- 19th century,
India -- History -- British occupation, 1765-1947, River
|| PROBABILITIES and APPLIED MATHEMATICS
||9 Haigh, John
Probability : a very short introduction / John Haigh.--
Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012.
128p. , 17cm.
(Very short introductions, 310).
ISBN : 9780199588480.
519.2 HAI 143896
In this book the author introduces the ideas of
probability--and the different philosophical approaches
to probability--and gives a brief account of the history
of development of probability theory, from Galileo and
Pascal to Bayes, Laplace, Poisson, and Markov. He
describes the basic probability distributions and
discusses a wide range of applications in science,
economics, and a variety of other contexts such as games
and betting. He concludes with an intriguing discussion
of coincidences and some curious paradoxes.
||10 Close, Frank
Nothing : a very short introduction / Frank Close.--
Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009.
157p. , 17cm.
(Very short introductions , 205).
ISBN : 9780199225866.
530.01 CLO 143895
This book explores the science and history of the nature
of nothing, from Aristotle who insisted that the vacuum
was impossible, via the theories of Newton and Einstein,
to our very latest discoveries and why the can tell us
extraordinary things about the cosmos. The author tells
the story of how scientists have explores the elusive
void, and the rich discoveries that they have made there.
These finding may provide answers to some of cosmology-s
most fundamental questions, what lies outside the
universe, and if there was once nothing then how did the
** Cosmology, Nothing (philosophy), Physics -- philosophy
-- history, Physics -- philosophy, Science -- physics --
general, Science -- mechanics -- general, Science --
|| EARTH SCIENCES and GEOLOGY
||11 Middleton, Nick
Rivers : a very short introduction / Nick Middleton.--
New York: Oxford University Press, 2012.
xviii, 127p. , 17cm.
(Very short introductions, 311).
ISBN : 9780199588671.
551.483 MID 143900
In this book the author, a geographer covers a wide and
eclectic range of river-based themes, from physical
geography and mythology, to industrial history and
literary criticism. Offering a truly global look at
rivers including the Amazon, the Ganges, the Danube, and
the Mississippi, with examples from all continents,
including Egypt, India, and Bangladesh, he considers the
role that rivers have played in human history from
settlements and trade to warfare, and also looks at the
human impact upon rivers by the construction of dams and
cutting of channels.
** Rivers, Rivers in art, Rivers in literature, Rivers --
Religious aspects, Rivers -- Social aspects.
|| MEDICINE and HEALTH
||12 Lockley, Steven W
Sleep : a very short introduction / Steven W Lockley and
Russell G Foster.-- Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012
xvi, 146p. , 17cm.
(Very short introductions, 295).
ISBN : 9780199587858.
612.821 LOC 143899
This Very Short Introduction addresses the biological and
psychological aspects of sleep, providing a basic
understanding of what sleep is and how it is measured, a
look at sleep through the human lifespan, and the causes
and consequences of major sleep disorders.
** Sleep -- physiology, Sleep Wake Disorders, Circadian
rhythms, Sleep disorders, Sleep.
|| HOME and FAMILY MANAGEMENT
||13 Krebs, John
Food : a very short introduction / John Krebs.-- Oxford:
Oxford University Press, 2013.
xiv, 130p. , 17cm.
(Very short introductions, 366).
ISBN : 9780199661084.
641.3 KRE 143898
In this Very Short Introduction, the author provides a
brief history of human food, from our remote ancestors 3
million years ago to the present day. By looking at the
four great transitions in human food - cooking,
agriculture, processing, and preservation - he considers
a variety of questions, including why people like some
kinds of foods and not others, how your senses contribute
to flavor, the role of genetics in our likes and dislikes
and the differences in learning and culture around the
world. In turn he considers aspects of diet, nutrition,
and health, and the disparity between malnutrition in
some places and overconsumption in others.
** Food -- Popular works, Food habits -- History --
Popular works, Food supply -- Popular works, Food, Food
habits, Food supply.