Very Short Introductions is a series of non-fiction expository texts on a variety of academic subjects. Produced by the Oxford University Press and written by a range of experts in their fields, these books provide a general audience with a foundational understanding of a huge number of topics. With over 500 books already published in this popular series, readers can learn about a vast array of subjects such as mathematics, philosophy, literature and psychology. No prior knowledge or understanding of academic process is necessary, as these books are written with the intention of making such information accessible to a wider audience. Penned with a combination of factual information and analysis, along with the expert’s natural enthusiasm for the topic, this series provides an excellent jumping-off point for anyone looking to expand their knowledge of the world.