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transmutation

 [trans″mu-ta´shun]
1. evolutionary change of one species into another.
2. the change of one chemical element into another.

trans·mu·ta·tion

(trans'myū-tā'shŭn),
A change; transformation.
Synonym(s): conversion (1)
[L. transmuto, pp. -atus, to change, transmute]

trans·mu·ta·tion

(trans'myū-tā'shŭn)
A change; transformation.
Synonym(s): conversion (1) .
[L. transmuto, pp. -atus, to change, transmute]
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Note that while in two of the conversion cases--between ABAB/aaaa and AABB/aaaa quatrains and between ABAB/aaaa and ABAB/aabb quatrains--identical transmutation sets govern conversions in both directions, in the case of conversions between AABB/aaaa and ABAB/aabb quatrains the two transmutation sets involved are different.
It was the age of a reevaluation of fundamental principles in quantum physics and basic concepts of a particulate ether by de Broglie and others; and, there was also an unheralded investigation into the arcane graveyard of alchemy by Kervran, who experimentally observed seeming biological transmutations of one element into another.
Carp paints the story of the transmutation from confidentiality to secrecy onto a complex background: the changing role of social workers and the changing intellectual context of social work; the political and social upheavals of the 1960s--including civil rights movements and (because of the secrecy/disclosure issue) Watergate; the role of the media and other forms of publicity in the evolution of new practices and new policies among other phenomena.
The narrator also travels geographically, drawing parallels between the Caribbean and the tragedy of the native peoples of North America, the lives of Polish immigrants on Long Island, and conditions in Lisbon, Boston, Toronto, and the Dublin of James Joyce, author of another noteworthy transmutation of the Greek myth in our century.
The chapters are very informative and provide an excellent summary of events prior to the 1989 transmutations. The problems experienced are similar everywhere, as are Prybyla's conclusions: reforms have failed because policy makers only went half way by trying to combine planning with the market, and economic efficiency with socialist ethics.
This can result in atoms being knocked off their lattice sites creating crystalline defects and in transmutation events which can create helium atoms.
In the second section, he considers the transmutation of Yiddish drama from the advent of the purim-shpil at the end of the seventeenth century, addressing the adoption of theatre by Judaism despite ritual injunction, the parodic roots of the purim-shpil and its carnivalesque nature, the purim-rabbi, and the achievements of Yiddish theatre, and the various languages.
The next task is transmutation. Zoe, Madison and Queenie see it as fun time.
Members of the European Parliament's Committee on Industry (ITRE) examined several options for dealing with radioactive waste during a recent meeting, including a controversial geological repository, recycling, transmutation and public participation when selecting sites.
To see the work of Josef Albers is to regard the transmutation of color into form; appreciating the way in which it has been achieved is another matter.
Taking in turn the science, the technology, and applications, he considers such topics as new cavity geometries, multipacting and field emission, input couplers, tuners, storage rings, heavy-ion accelerators, nuclear astrophysics, and transmutation.
Libavius exerted his utmost to articulate his position as someone who advocated alchemy and hands-on experience (although not much of a practitioner himself) and believed in the possibility of transmutation, but who also valued the traditional textual epis-teme in the form it had come to assume in Europe by the sixteenth century.