Unattainability


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Unattainability

See also Impossibility.
Elixir of Life
fabulous potion conferring immortality. [Medieval Legend: Brewer Dictionary, 371]
Fountain of Youth
legendary fountain of eternal youth. [World Legend: Brewer Dictionary, 432]
perpetual motion machine
machine operating of itself forever. [World Legend: Brewer Dictionary, 823]
Philosopher’s Stone
substance supposed to convert base metal to gold. [Medieval Legend: Brewer Dictionary, 829]
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This introduces the inverse temperature [beta] = 1/T as the natural variable that reflects the unattainability of absolute zero, and which as early as 1964 was called "cryos" by a countryman of Kamerlingh Onnes, Professor Frederik Belinfante, then of Purdue University (22).
But in assessing the strange syndromes that Tuke chronicles, the very real possibility of misdiagnosis has to be taken into consideration (22) or simply the unattainability of accurate diagnosis before twentieth-century advances in technology and biochemistry.
And it requires unattainability, which means that Lisa's presenting herself as a married woman available for seduction can only make her one of the "usual things".
The running gag of their unattainability to the nonhegemonic nerds sets up one aspect of the nerds' "revenge" at the end of the film, when Lewis wins the love of the cheerleader head of the Pis, Betty.
The moment's unattainability for Paul and Camille is marked by its placement beyond her death, and blue itself becomes death as the color has the last word, FIN, the word that follows the diegetic word "silenzio".
John and Millie, his Brittany spaniel, heard the crack in my voice as they hailed me; by then I was on my way home, bitterly resentful over the unattainability of freedom for any creature living in civilized society.
These criteria are met only when the aspect of unattainability is incorporated into the essence of art [for] .
The unattainability of the Questing Beast, necessitating that the action of the hunt take precedence over the conclusion, distinguishes Palomides' quest, and allows it to become a linking motif as the figure of Palomides reappears in different sections of the narrative.
The development was to become the subject of various controversies and scandals during its building, but none of these really concerned the basic flaw of unattainability by those it sought (in the official rhetoric) to help.
67) Several are the terms in the Proem which describe the sufferings of the Boccaccio persona as he pursued his love and as he later decided to cease pursuing it because of its unattainability.
This is because the comparison does not come up intentionally; rather, the comparison emerges initially from feelings of impotency and unattainability.
Knott's house is, after all, a sort of nowhere, arguably the very thing that Murphy and Watt have been craving for, as Knott himself embodies unattainability and indifference.