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By Sir William Bragg

Built from a Nobel Laureate's well known lectures on the Royal establishment of significant Britain, this easy-to-understand publication explains the character of atoms, steel, gases, diamonds, ice, crystals, drinks, and different points of technological know-how. It illuminates many issues which are seldom defined, defining themin basic phrases. 138 illustrations. 1925 variation.

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On the other side, there is what we would call a “finite” experience of death, or an experience of the finitude of death, as the absolute limit of symbolization and idealization, which does not recover the full meaning that the notion of the sacred bears, but just the opposite – should we say the “kenosis”?  . – or the actual impossibility of “making sense of” (as the myth of resurrection makes sense of the event of death). 24 And what is the bifurcation associated with the “perfection of love”?

Altogether, they delineate not only a semantic network but also a field of ideological tensions. Some historical dates are also useful to remember here. I will inject three of them. First, there is 1968: the whole debate is haunted by the memory of events that combined the evidence of the internal decomposition of state communism and the spectacle of the spontaneous uprisings and new emancipatory movements in search of a common language in the realm of imagination and fiction. Nancy and Blanchot will recall it as the irruption into history of one idea of “communism” when another one becomes a living corpse.

The crucial experience resides, accordingly, in the interpretation of death as “the other’s death,” which affects the subject and disrupts it. ” This is also what indicates the possibility of a bifurcation. Once again, Bataille provides a crucial indication: his literary account of the irreducibility of the death of the other as a limit or “inner” experience, or the “truth” that ­28 Etienne Balibar d­ isrupts every humanism and theologism, presents us with a reality that cannot be sublimated or “overcome,” an experience of finitude as such.

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