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Artwork and literature throughout the ecu fin-de-siècle interval frequently manifested subject matters of degeneration and rot, either one of our bodies and civilizations, in addition to ailment, strange sexuality, and normal morbidity. This assortment explores those issues when it comes to artists and writers as diversified as Oscar Wilde, August Strindberg, and Aubrey Beardsley.

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Swinburne (1904) The Poems of Algernon Charles Swinburne in 6 Volumes, vol. 1 (New York: Harper), p. 186. THERMAL DEGENERATION 33 25. ” Beer, Open Fields, p. 227. 26. ” G. Myers (1989) “NineteenthCentury Popularizations of Thermodynamics and the Rhetoric of Social Prophecy,” in P. ) Energy and Entropy: Science and Culture in Victorian Britain (Bloomington: Indiana University Press), p. 312. 27. ” Quoted in G. Lafourcade (1967) Swinburne: A Literary Biography (New York: Russell), p. 213. 28. M. Louis (1990) Swinburne and His Gods: The Roots and Growth of an Agnostic Poetry (Montreal: McGill-Queens University Press), p.

Thomson (1882) Mathematical and Physical Papers, 6 vols. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press), vol. 1, p. 189. Though he was one of a group of British and German thinkers responsible for 30 MASON TATTERSALL 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. the development of thermodynamics, indebted to the work of James Prescott Joule, Hermann von Helmholtz, Rudolf Clausius, and others, Thomson was the crucial figure in the formulation of theories of thermodynamics and energy. Thomson, Mathematical and Physical Papers, vol.

Dissipation had finally become an issue independent of conservation. God alone could create or annihilate energy, and God alone could restore the original distribution or arrangement of energy in the created universe. By accepting such a creed, grounded on theological conceptions of an omnipotent God whose action alone made man’s use of power possible . . ” Smith and Wise, Energy and Empire, p. 332. H. Kragh (2008) Entropic Creation: Religious Contexts of Thermodynamics and Cosmology (Aldershot: Ashgate), p.

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