In 2020 we are proud to be celebrating the 25th anniversary of our Very Short Introductions. The series was launched in 1995 with Mary Beard and John Henderson’s Classics: A Very Short Introduction, and since then we have published over 600 titles in the series, showcasing introductions to a wide range of topics such as arts and humanities, social sciences, and science—covering everything from environmental ethics to Chaucer. The series is continually growing with new titles on the American South, silent film, and enzymes recently added to the series.
“The best Very Short Introductions will educate general readers, students, and academics alike. Speaking for my fellow academics, I have not been surprised to find how many of us esteem them as handy and reliable introductions to subjects on the more distant horizons of our professional knowledge.” —Jane Caplan, The American Historical Review
The series has evolved to include Very Short Introductions Online and now The Very Short Introductions Podcast to mark the series anniversary. The Very Short Introductions Podcast offers a concise and original introduction by our Very Short Introductions authors to a variety of dynamic topics, with episodes on The Middle Ages, fashion, globalization and more, for wherever your curiosity may take you.
Here are just a few of the latest podcast episodes on our VSI titles:
Episode 12: Synaesthesia
In this episode, VSI author Julia Simner introduces synaesthesia, a neurological condition that gives rise to a ‘merging of the senses’, in which words can be tasted and colours can be heard.
Episode 8: Branding
In this episode, VSI author Robert Jones introduces possibly the most powerful commercial and culture force globally–branding–which, despite brand awareness and skepticism, holds an inescapable influence on our lives.
Episode 13: Atheism
In this episode, VSI author Julian Baggini introduces atheism, wrongly considered to be a negative, dark, and pessimistic belief characterized by a rejection of values and purpose and a fierce opposition to religion.
You can find out how to listen and subscribe to The Very Short Introductions Podcast here.