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  • positive ray (physics)

    Eugen Goldstein: …what he termed Kanalstrahlen, or canal rays, also called positive rays; these are positively charged ions that are accelerated toward and through a perforated cathode in an evacuated tube. He also contributed greatly to the study of cathode rays; in 1876 he showed that these rays could cast sharp shadows,…

  • positive sanction (social science)

    economic statecraft: Forms and uses: …actual or threatened punishments, whereas positive sanctions are actual or promised rewards. Examples of negative sanctions include the following: refusing to export (embargoes), refusing to import (boycotts), covert refusals to trade (blacklists), purchases intended to keep goods out of the hands of target countries (preclusive buying), deprivation of ownership (expropriation),…

  • Positive Sciences of the Ancient Hindus, The (work by Seal)

    Indian philosophy: 19th- and 20th-century philosophy in India and Pakistan: Seal’s major published work is The Positive Sciences of the Ancient Hindus, which, besides being a work on the history of science, shows interrelations among the ancient Hindu philosophical concepts and their scientific theories. Soon, however, the German philosophers Immanuel Kant and Georg F.W. Hegel came to be the most-studied…

  • Positive Slovenia (political party, Slovenia)

    Slovenia: The postcommunist era: …December 2011, was won by Positive Slovenia, a new centre-left party led by Ljubljana Mayor Zoran Janković. Having secured 28 of the 90 seats in Slovenia’s parliament, Positive Slovenia lacked the numbers to form a government on its own, and Janković began coalition talks with various parties. Those efforts foundered,…

  • positive strand (biochemistry)

    virus: The nucleic acid: …genomic RNA is termed a positive strand because the genomic RNA acts as mRNA for direct synthesis (translation) of viral protein. Several large families of animal viruses, and one that includes both plant and animal viruses (the Rhabdoviridae), however, contain genomic single-stranded RNA, termed a negative strand, which is complementary…

  • Positive Theory of Capital (work by Böhm-Bawerk)

    capital and interest: The Austrian school: His Positive Theory of Capital (1889) set off a controversy that has not yet subsided. In the Austrian view the economic process consisted of the embodiment of “original factors of production” in capital goods of greater or lesser length of life that then yielded value or…

  • positive transfer of training

    transfer of training: Kinds of transfer: …kinds of transfer can occur: positive, negative, and zero. The following examples from hypothetical experiments, purposely uncomplicated by distracting detail, illustrate each. Suppose a group of students learn a task, B, in 10 practice sessions. Another group of equivalent students, who previously had learned another task, A, is found to…

  • positive-displacement compressor (machine)

    compressor: Positive displacement compressors are usually of the reciprocating piston type, in which the gas is drawn in during the suction stroke of the piston, compressed by decreasing the volume of the gas by moving the piston in the opposite direction, and, lastly, discharged when the…

  • positive-historical Judaism (theology)

    Zacharias Frankel: …a theology that he called positive-historical Judaism. It differed from Orthodoxy in its acceptance of scientific and historical research and in its willingness to make some liturgical changes. It differed from Reform Judaism in that it sought to maintain traditional customs and adhere to the national aspects of Judaism.

  • positive-intrinsic-negative photodiode (electronics)

    telecommunications media: Optoelectronic receivers: …for optical links are the positive-intrinsic-negative (PIN) photodiode and the avalanche photodiode (APD). These optical receivers extract the baseband signal from a modulated optical carrier signal by converting incident optical power into electric current. The PIN photodiode has low gain but very fast response; the APD has high gain but…

  • positive-sum game (game theory)

    Positive-sum game, in game theory, a term that refers to situations in which the total of gains and losses is greater than zero. A positive sum occurs when resources are somehow increased and an approach is formulated in which the desires and needs of all concerned are satisfied. One example would

  • Positively 4th Street (book by Hajdu)

    Joan Baez: …is chronicled in David Hajdu’s Positively 4th Street [2001].) Two of the songs with which she is most identified are her 1971 cover of the Band’s “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down” and her own “Diamonds and Rust,” which she recorded on her acclaimed album of the same name,…

  • Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom, The (television film by Ritchie [1993])

    Michael Ritchie: Later work: …with the well-received black comedy The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom (1993), a TV movie made for HBO. Holly Hunter portrayed a homicidally overprotective mother, and Beau Bridges and Swoosie Kurtz also submitted strong performances.

  • Positives (work by Gunn)

    Thom Gunn: Positives (1966) is a group of poems about Londoners, with photographs by the poet’s brother Ander Gunn. In the 1970s Gunn began to explore themes of homosexuality and drugs, and notable collections came to include Moly (1971), Jack Straw’s Castle (1976), and The Man with…

  • positivism (philosophy)

    Positivism, in Western philosophy, generally, any system that confines itself to the data of experience and excludes a priori or metaphysical speculations. More narrowly, the term designates the thought of the French philosopher Auguste Comte (1798–1857). As a philosophical ideology and movement,

  • positron (subatomic particle)

    Positron, positively charged subatomic particle having the same mass and magnitude of charge as the electron and constituting the antiparticle of a negative electron. The first of the antiparticles to be detected, positrons were discovered by Carl David Anderson in cloud-chamber studies of the

  • positron emission

    beta decay: In positron emission, also called positive beta decay (β+-decay), a proton in the parent nucleus decays into a neutron that remains in the daughter nucleus, and the nucleus emits a neutrino and a positron, which is a positive particle like an ordinary electron in mass but…

  • positron emission tomography (imaging technique)

    Positron emission tomography (PET), imaging technique used in diagnosis and biomedical research. It has proved particularly useful for studying brain and heart functions and certain biochemical processes involving these organs (e.g., glucose metabolism and oxygen uptake). In PET a chemical compound

  • Positron-Electron Project (collider)

    particle accelerator: Electron storage rings: In the PEP-II storage rings at Stanford University and in the KEK-B facility at the National Laboratory for High Energy Physics (KEK) in Tsukuba, electrons and positrons are stored at different energies so that they have different values of momentum. When they annihilate, the net momentum is…

  • Positron-Electron Tandem Ring Accelerator (collider)

    DESY: …DESY completed construction of the Positron-Electron Tandem Ring Accelerator (PETRA), a larger collider capable of reaching 19 GeV per beam. In 1979 experiments with PETRA yielded the first direct evidence for the existence of gluons, the messenger particles of the strong force that bind quarks together within protons and

  • positronium (physics)

    Positronium, short-lived hydrogen-like atom composed of an electron and a positron (rather than an electron and a proton) arising as a positron is slowed down in matter and captured by an electron. Two forms are known. Parapositronium, in which the spins of the positron and electron are oppositely

  • Poson, Battle of (Byzantine history)

    Battle of Poson, (863), attack launched by Byzantine forces against the Arab armies of ʿUmar, the emir of Melitene (now Malatya, Tur.), ending with an Arab defeat and paving the way for Byzantine conquests in the late 10th century. ʿUmar marched his army up the Black Sea coast to the Byzantine port

  • Posse (film by Douglas [1975])

    Kirk Douglas: …and the cynical western adventure Posse (1975), which became a cult favourite.

  • posse comitatus (legal institution)

    Posse comitatus, (Latin: “force of the county”) ancient English institution consisting of the shire’s force of able-bodied private citizens summoned to assist in maintaining public order. Originally raised and commanded by the sheriff, the posse comitatus became a purely civil instrument as the

  • Posse Comitatus Act (United States [1878])

    posse comitatus: …the United States was the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878, which was passed at the end of Reconstruction (1865–77) in order to prevent the use of the U.S. military for the enforcement of domestic law in the occupied South. The same act was invoked in the 1980s to prevent military…

  • Possessed (film by Brown [1931])

    Clarence Brown: The 1930s: …last film from 1931 was Possessed, which centres on a wealthy lawyer (Gable) whose political ambitions are threatened by his mistress (Joan Crawford).

  • Possessed (film by Bernhardt [1947])

    Curtis Bernhardt: Early years in Hollywood: In 1947 Bernhardt directed Possessed, featuring Joan Crawford in an Academy Award-nominated turn as a mentally unstable woman.

  • Possessed, The (play by Camus)

    Albert Camus: Camus’s literary career: …nonne; 1956) and Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s The Possessed (Les Possédés; 1959).

  • Possessed, The (novel by Dostoyevsky)

    The Possessed, novel by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, published in Russian in 1872 as Besy. The book, also known in English as The Devils and The Demons, is a reflection of Dostoyevsky’s belief that revolutionists possessed the soul of Russia and that, unless exorcised by a renewed faith in Orthodox

  • Possession (novel by Byatt)

    A.S. Byatt: During this time, Byatt wrote Possession (1990; film 2002), which is part mystery and part romance; in it Byatt developed two related stories, one set in the 19th century and one in the 20th century. Considered a brilliant example of postmodernist fiction, it was a popular success and was awarded…

  • possession (property law)

    Possession, in law, the acquisition of either a considerable degree of physical control over a physical thing, such as land or chattel, or the legal right to control intangible property, such as a credit—with the definite intention of ownership. With respect to land and chattel, possession may

  • Possession (film by LaBute [2002])

    A.S. Byatt: …time, Byatt wrote Possession (1990; film 2002), which is part mystery and part romance; in it Byatt developed two related stories, one set in the 19th century and one in the 20th century. Considered a brilliant example of postmodernist fiction, it was a popular success and was awarded the Booker…

  • Possession (work by Burgin)

    Western painting: Politics, commerce, and abjection in 1980s art: …piece of pseudo-advertising—a poster (Possession, 1976) that appeared on billboards throughout Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England, showing a couple embracing (as in ads for deodorant or jewelry), with the words “What does possession mean to you?” placed above them and the deadpan rejoinder “7% of our population own 84% of our wealth”…

  • possession (religion)

    Possession, in religious and folk traditions, condition characterized by unusual behaviour and a personality change that is interpreted as evidence that the person is under the direct control of an external supernatural power. Symptoms of spirit possession include violent unusual movements,

  • possessive (grammar)

    North American Indian languages: Grammar: In nouns, possession is widely expressed by prefixes or suffixes indicating the person of the possessor. Thus, Karuk has nani-ávaha ‘my food,’ mu-ávaha ‘his food,’ and so on. (compare ávaha ‘food’). When the possessor is a noun, as in ‘man’s food,’ a construction like ávansa mu-ávaha ‘man…

  • Possessors (Russian religious faction)

    Saint Joseph of Volokolamsk: …earned them the nickname “the Possessors.”

  • possessory action (law)

    United Kingdom: Government of England: …were introduced, notably the so-called possessory assizes, which determined who had the right to immediate possession of land, not who had the best fundamental right. That could be decided by the grand assize, by means of which a jury of 12 knights would decide the case. The use of standardized…

  • possessory assize (law)

    United Kingdom: Government of England: …were introduced, notably the so-called possessory assizes, which determined who had the right to immediate possession of land, not who had the best fundamental right. That could be decided by the grand assize, by means of which a jury of 12 knights would decide the case. The use of standardized…

  • possessory lien (property law)

    lien: …law early recognized the creditor’s possessory lien, a right of a creditor to retain possession of a debtor’s goods until the satisfaction of the debt, generally the payment of the purchase price. In time, the common law developed two kinds of possessory liens: specific liens and general liens. The specific…

  • possibilia (philosophy)

    universal: Possibilia: Imperfect-community problems can be solved by denying that resemblance is, most fundamentally, a relation between pairs of actually existing things. The American philosopher Eli Hirsch has provided an elegant definition of “natural class,” using a resemblance relation holding among trios—one thing’s being more similar…

  • possibilism (anthropology)

    anthropology: Environmental and ecological studies in anthropology: …latter view, known as “possibilism,” is still dominant in anthropology and many other social sciences and humanities, but possibilism itself has limitations. First, historical, archaeological, and ethnographic evidence indicates that the patterned associations between environmental features and sociocultural ones cannot be viewed in possibilist terms; for example, agriculture was…

  • Possibilité d’une île, La (novel by Houellebecq)

    Michel Houellebecq: …La Possibilité d’une île (2005; The Possibility of an Island, film 2008, directed by the author), a bleak futuristic tale about the implications and possibilities of reproduction by cloning. In 2008 Ennemis publics (Public Enemies) documented an exchange of opinions—via e-mail—between Houellebecq and French public intellectual Bernard-Henri Lévy on a…

  • possibility (philosophy and logic)

    Possibility, in logic and metaphysics, one of the fundamental modalities involved in the explication of the opposition between necessity and contingency. In logic, possibility implies the absence of a contradiction. Such definitions as “The possible is that which either is or will be true” and

  • Possibility of Altruism, The (work by Nagel)

    ethics: Ethics and reasons for action: In The Possibility of Altruism (1969), he argued that, if Hume’s thesis is true, then the ordinary idea of prudence—i.e., the idea that one’s future pains and pleasures are just as capable of motivating one to act (and to act now) as are one’s present pains…

  • Possibility of an Island, The (novel by Houellebecq)

    Michel Houellebecq: …La Possibilité d’une île (2005; The Possibility of an Island, film 2008, directed by the author), a bleak futuristic tale about the implications and possibilities of reproduction by cloning. In 2008 Ennemis publics (Public Enemies) documented an exchange of opinions—via e-mail—between Houellebecq and French public intellectual Bernard-Henri Lévy on a…

  • possible world (logic and philosophy)

    Possible world, Conception of a total way the universe might have been. It is often contrasted with the way things actually are. In his Theodicy (1710), G.W. Leibniz used the concept of a possible world in his proposed solution to the theological problem of the existence of evil, arguing that an

  • Possidius, Saint (Christian saint)

    Guelma: Possidius, biographer and student of St. Augustine. Among the town’s Roman ruins are baths and a theatre, and 5 miles (8 km) west, at el-Announa, are the remains of Thibilis. Parts of the Byzantine walls still encircle the town, and the museum and the public…

  • Possony, Stefan Thomas (United States military theorist)

    Stefan Thomas Possony, Austrian-born U.S. military theorist who conceived the U.S. Strategic Defense Initiative, known as "Star Wars" (b. March 15, 1913--d. April 26,

  • possum (marsupial, Didelphidae family)

    marsupial: Classification: Family Didelphidae (American opossums) 70 or more species in 12 genera. Order Paucituberculata (shrew, or rat, opossums) 5 species in 1 family. Family Caenolestidae 5 species in 3 genera.

  • possum (marsupial)

    Phalanger, any of several species of Australasian marsupial mammals. They are called possums in Australia and Tasmania. True phalangers are of the family Phalangeridae, which includes the cuscus. They are tree-dwelling animals: the clawless innermost hind digit and, sometimes, the first and second

  • possum haw (plant, Viburnum nudum)

    Dipsacales: Adoxaceae: Possumhaw (V. nudum) is largely limited to swamps of the eastern and southern coastal plains of the United States. In contrast, rusty blackhaw (V. rufidulum) and softleaf arrowwood (V. molle) prefer dry rocky woods or hills. Viburnum is also an important horticultural genus; some of…

  • possum haw (plant, Ilex decidua)

    holly: Major species: Possum haw (I. decidua), also deciduous, bears red fruits on a shrub growing to 10 metres (33 feet).

  • possum oak (plant)

    willow oak: Water oak (Q. nigra), laurel oak (Q. laurifolia), shingle oak (Q. imbricaria), and live oak (see live oak) are other willow oaks planted as ornamentals in the southern U.S.

  • possum shrimp (crustacean)

    Opossum shrimp, any member of the crustacean order Mysidacea. Most of the nearly 1,000 known species live in the sea; a few live in brackish water; and fewer still live in fresh water. Most are 1 to 3 cm (about 0.4 to 1.2 inches) long. The name opossum shrimp derives from the females’ brood pouch,

  • Possum Town (Mississippi, United States)

    Columbus, city, seat (1830) of Lowndes county, eastern Mississippi, U.S., on the Tombigbee River, about 90 miles (145 km) north of Meridian, near the Alabama border. Settled as a trading post (1817), it was known until 1821 as Possum Town. In 1822 or 1823 the Cotton Plant first docked in Columbus,

  • Post (album by Bjork)

    Björk: ” Her follow-up, Post (1995), opened with the single “Army of Me,” a characteristically throbbing, synthesized track accompanied by the singer’s now-familiar breathy yodel. Never content to conform, Björk in 1997 released her most experimental works to date: Telegram, an entire album of Post remixes, and Homogenic, a…

  • POST (marine conservation project)

    Census of Marine Life: Project activities: The Pacific Ocean Shelf Tracking Project (POST) used acoustic telemetry to monitor 18 species of animals, from Pacific salmon to Humboldt squid. Sensors were implanted in the animals, and “listening lines” of receivers were placed along the Pacific coast of North America so the movements of…

  • post chaise (carriage)

    Post chaise, four-wheeled, closed carriage, containing one seat for two or three passengers, that was popular in 18th-century England. The body was of the coupé type, appearing as if the front had been cut away. Because the driver rode one of the horses, it was possible to have windows in front as

  • post hoc ergo propter hoc (fallacy)

    fallacy: Material fallacies: …version of this fallacy, called post hoc ergo propter hoc (“after which hence by which”), mistakes temporal sequence for causal connection—as when a misfortune is attributed to a “malign event,” like the dropping of a mirror. Another version of this fallacy arises in using reductio ad absurdum reasoning: concluding that…

  • post horn (musical instrument)

    Post horn, brass musical instrument of cylindrical bore, used by guards of mail coaches in the 18th and early 19th centuries. At the end of the 18th century, post horns were crescent-shaped, coiled, or straight. The notes they sounded were at most six (harmonics 2 to 7). The post horn gave rise to

  • Post machine (automaton)

    automata theory: Post machines: Types of automata have been investigated that are structurally unlike Turing machines though the same in point of computational capability. The mathematician E.L. Post (U.S.) proposed in 1936 a kind of automaton (or algorithm) that is a finite sequence of pairs •1, a1Ò,…

  • post mill (windmill)

    history of technology: Power sources: …be widely adopted was the post-mill, in which the whole body of the mill pivots on a post and can be turned to face the sails into the wind. By the 15th century, however, many were adopting the tower-mill type of construction, in which the body of the mill remains…

  • post office

    postal system: …to establish a network of post offices extending into the remotest areas. Such a network of offices, staffed by agents of the state, provides an efficient banking service in areas in which it would be uneconomic for a commercial or state bank to establish a branch office. Many governments also…

  • Post Office Appropriation Act (United States [1912])

    roads and highways: From local to national funding: …began in 1912 with the Post Office Appropriation Act, and the Federal Aid Road Act of 1916 established federal aid for highways as a national policy. The Bureau of Public Roads, established in the Department of Agriculture in 1893 to make “inquiries with regard to road management,” was given responsibility…

  • Post Office Department

    postal system: United States: …a government-owned corporation, called the United States Postal Service. Congress no longer retains power to fix postal tariffs (although changes may be vetoed) or to control employees’ salaries, and political patronage has been virtually eliminated. Government subsidies continued on a declining basis until 1982, after which the U.S. Postal Service…

  • Post Office Reform: Its Importance and Practicability (work by Hill)

    postal system: Rowland Hill’s reforms: The publication in 1837 of Post Office Reform: Its Importance and Practicability, by Rowland Hill (later Sir Rowland Hill), a British educator and tax reformer, is justly regarded as one of the most important milestones in postal progress. Based on an exhaustive study of the cost structure of postal operations,…

  • Post Office Savings Bank (building, Vienna, Austria)

    Otto Wagner: …of Vienna (1894–97) and the Postal Savings Bank (1904–06). The latter, which had little decoration, is recognized as a milestone in the history of modern architecture, particularly for the curving glass roof of its central hall.

  • Post Office Savings Bank (Italian financial institution)

    postal system: Italy: The Post Office Savings Bank, set up in 1875, and the postal check service, founded in 1917, are other important aspects of the postal service. The post office also acts as an agency for the payment of such social security benefits as state pensions and various…

  • Post Office Tower (communications tower, London, United Kingdom)

    BT Tower, communications tower and landmark located west of the Bloomsbury district in the borough of Camden, London. One of the taller structures in southeastern England, it was erected in 1961–65 to the architectural designs of Eric Bedford. Including its crowning 40-foot (12-metre) mast, the

  • post player (sports)

    basketball: Pivot: …while the other foot (pivot foot) is kept at its point of contact with the floor.

  • Post Pop Depression (album by Pop)

    Iggy and the Stooges: Iggy subsequently released the well-received Post Pop Depression (2016). The group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010.

  • Post, C. W. (American industrialist)

    C.W. Post, American manufacturer noted for his development of breakfast cereals. Post grew up in Illinois. His first job, as a traveling salesman for an agricultural concern, took him to the West, but he returned to Illinois at age 26. His interests were wide-ranging, from real-estate investment in

  • Post, Charles William (American industrialist)

    C.W. Post, American manufacturer noted for his development of breakfast cereals. Post grew up in Illinois. His first job, as a traveling salesman for an agricultural concern, took him to the West, but he returned to Illinois at age 26. His interests were wide-ranging, from real-estate investment in

  • Post, E. J. Lennart von (geologist)

    Holocene Epoch: Floral change: …Blytt, Johan Rutger Sernander, and E.J. Lennart von Post, in combination with a theory of Holocene climate changes. The so-called Blytt–Sernander system was soon tied to the archaeology and to the varve chronology of Gerard De Geer. It has been closely checked by radiocarbon dating, establishing a very useful standard.…

  • Post, Edwin M. (American banker)

    Emily Post: A popular debutante, she married Edwin M. Post in 1892 (divorced 1906). At the turn of the century financial circumstances compelled her to begin to write, and she produced newspaper articles on architecture and interior decoration, stories and serials for such magazines as Harper’s, Scribner’s, and the Century, and light…

  • Post, Emil L. (American mathematician)

    automata theory: Post machines: The mathematician E.L. Post (U.S.) proposed in 1936 a kind of automaton (or algorithm) that is a finite sequence of pairs •1, a1Ò, •2, a2Ò, · · ·, •m, amÒ, such that ai is either an instruction to move an associated two-way tape one square right or…

  • Post, Emily (American writer)

    Emily Post, American authority on social behaviour who crafted her advice by applying good sense and thoughtfulness to basic human interactions. Emily Price was educated in private schools in New York City. A popular debutante, she married Edwin M. Post in 1892 (divorced 1906). At the turn of the

  • Post, Louis F. (United States government official)

    Palmer Raids: Acting Secretary of Labor Louis Post, however, did not share Palmer’s fear of radical aliens and reversed more than 70 percent of the 1,600 deportation warrants.

  • Post, Pieter (Dutch architect)

    Pieter Post, architect who, along with Jacob van Campen, created the sober, characteristically Dutch Baroque style. By 1633, in collaboration with van Campen, he designed the exquisite Mauritshuis at The Hague, showing in it his mastery of the Dutch Baroque style. In 1645 he became architect to the

  • Post, Sir Laurens Jan van der (South African writer)

    Sir Laurens Jan van der Post, South African-born writer whose novels and autobiographical reminiscences explored mysticism, spirituality, the Jungian concept of the collective unconscious, and the evils of South African racial policies, as well as his own experiences as a prisoner of the Japanese

  • Post, The (film by Spielberg [2017])

    Steven Spielberg: 2000 and beyond: …returned to historical events with The Post, a well-received drama about publication of the Pentagon Papers, a top-secret Department of Defense study concerning the Vietnam War. Both The New York Times and The Washington Post came into possession of the papers in 1971, and the film follows the latter’s efforts…

  • Post, Wiley (American pilot)

    Wiley Post, one of the most colourful figures of the early years of American aviation, who set many records, including the first solo flight around the world. Post, accompanied by navigator Harold Gatty, made his first around-the-world flight from June 23 to July 1, 1931, in a Lockheed Vega named

  • post-and-lintel system (architecture)

    Post-and-lintel system, in building construction, a system in which two upright members, the posts, hold up a third member, the lintel, laid horizontally across their top surfaces. All structural openings have evolved from this system, which is seen in pure form only in colonnades and in framed

  • post-Classical Chinese language

    Chinese languages: Post-Classical Chinese: Post-Classical Chinese, based on dialects very similar to the language now spoken in North China, probably owes its origin to the Buddhist storytelling tradition; the tales appeared in translations from Sanskrit during the Tang dynasty (618–907). During the Song dynasty (960–1279) this vernacular…

  • post-Ebola syndrome (pathology)

    Ebola: Treatment: …long-term health complications known as post-Ebola syndrome. In follow-up studies of persons who recovered from acute Ebola infection, many were found to suffer from uveitis (eye redness and pain), vision loss, tinnitus, hearing loss, stroke, headaches, muscle and joint

  • Post-Fordism (economic history)

    Fordism: Post-Fordism: The term post-Fordism is used to describe both a relatively durable form of economic organization that happened to emerge after Fordism and a new form of economic organization that actually resolves the crisis tendencies of Fordism. In neither case does the term as such…

  • Post-Harappan Period (Indian history)

    India: The Post-Urban Period in northwestern India: …bce, may be considered as Post-Harappan or, perhaps better, as “Post-Urban.”

  • Post-Impressionism (art)

    Post-Impressionism, in Western painting, movement in France that represented both an extension of Impressionism and a rejection of that style’s inherent limitations. The term Post-Impressionism was coined by the English art critic Roger Fry for the work of such late 19th-century painters as Paul

  • post-modernism (philosophy)

    Postmodernism, in Western philosophy, a late 20th-century movement characterized by broad skepticism, subjectivism, or relativism; a general suspicion of reason; and an acute sensitivity to the role of ideology in asserting and maintaining political and economic power. This article discusses

  • Post-Modernism (art)

    United States: The visual arts and postmodernism: …the idea of the “postmodern,” and in no sphere has the argument been as lively as in that of the plastic arts. The idea of the postmodern has been powerful in the United States exactly because the idea of the modern was so powerful; where Europe has struggled with…

  • Post-Nicene Father (Christianity)

    patristic literature: The post-Nicene period: The 4th and early 5th centuries witnessed an extraordinary flowering of Christian literature, the result partly of the freedom and privileged status now enjoyed by the church, partly of the diversification of its own inner life (compare the rise of monasticism), but…

  • post-object art

    Conceptual art, artwork whose medium is an idea (or a concept), usually manipulated by the tools of language and sometimes documented by photography. Its concerns are idea-based rather than formal. Conceptual art is typically associated with a number of American artists of the 1960s and

  • Post-och Inrikes Tidningar (Swedish newspaper)

    history of publishing: Commercial newsletters in continental Europe: …the official Swedish gazette, the Post-och Inrikes Tidningar; begun in 1645, it adopted an Internet-only format in 2007. Sweden is also notable for having introduced the first law (in 1766) guaranteeing freedom of the press, but the concept of an independent press barely existed in most of Europe until the…

  • post-painterly abstraction (art)

    Colour-field painting, with Action painting, one of two major strains of the 20th-century art movement known as Abstract Expressionism or the New York school. The term typically describes large-scale canvases dominated by flat expanses of colour and having a minimum of surface detail. Colour-field

  • Post-Partum Document (work by Kelly)

    Western painting: Institutional critique, feminism, and conceptual art: 1968 and its aftermath: Mary Kelly’s important Post-Partum Document (completed 1979) consisted of a 135-item record, in a variety of modes of documentation (including fecal stains on diapers), of the rearing of her male child. It asserted that gender identity is produced via accession to language and that gender positions are not…

  • post-polio syndrome (pathology)

    polio: The course of the disease: …even decades, a condition called post-polio syndrome has been recognized. Post-polio syndrome manifests itself as increased weakness, muscle atrophy, or other conditions involving the originally affected muscle groups or a different group of muscles. The cause of the syndrome is not known for certain, but it may arise when nerve…

  • post-punk (music)

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