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© 2018 Daniel Nettle

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Daniel Nettle, Hanging on to the Edges. Essays on Science, Society, and the Academic Life. Cambridge, UK: Open Book Publishers, 2018.

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ISBN Paperback: 978-1-78374-580-7

ISBN Hardback: 978-1-78374-581-4

ISBN Digital (PDF): 978-1-78374-582-1

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DOI: 10.11647/OBP.0155

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