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transmutation

[‚trans·myü′tā·shən]
(nuclear physics)
A nuclear process in which one nuclide is transformed into the nuclide of a different element. Also known as nuclear transformation.

Transmutation

 

the conversion of atoms of one chemical element into those of another as a result of the radioactive decay of the atomic nuclei. In physics, the term “transmutation” has fallen into disuse. It is used mainly in radiobiology, since the transmutation effect exhibited by radionuclides incorporated into the tissues of an organism can be an important factor in the substances’ biological activity. In genetics, transmutation sometimes refers to all gene mutations or those mutations that are induced by a radionuclide that has been absorbed by tissues.

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If Heuving only intended to show that avant-garde writers "create a poetry that works against the many binaries that create the semantic field of traditional love poetry" in order to destabilize "not only gender, sexual, and racial distinctions but entire fields of signification," then Transmutation of Love would be an unqualified success (181).
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Jonas has written that, in approaching space as a medium, she looks for "ways of dislocating it, attenuating it, flattening it, turning it inside out, always attempting to explore it without ever giving to myself or to others the permission to penetrate it." Turning her attention to video in the early '70s, she found yet another way to enact such transmutations, again by leaning on the conventions of transmission and reception.
Imagine the shock, disbelief, and exhilaration in that order--that rocked the scientific community in the waning years of the 19th century when science had just concluded that transmutations were nothing more than wistful dreams: Wilhelm Roentgen discovered x rays in 1895, which Lord Kelvin--with an R&D attitude that was well ahead of its time--dismissed out of hand as a charlatan's trick; then this was followed by Henri Becquerel's discovery of x-ray-like activity in uranium two years later, with the subsequent discovery and separation of polonium and radium from pitchblende ore by Pierre and Marie Curie by 1898.
At the ICA, Grunenberg's crowning achievement was "Gothic: Transmutations of Horror in Late-Twentieth-Century Art," a show that brought together work in a variety of media and included elements of the Goth subculture.
Imagine the disbelief, shock, and exhilaration that rocked the scientific community in the waning years of the 19th century when science had just concluded that transmutations were nothing more than wistful dreams: Wilhelm Roentgen discovered x rays in 1895, which Lord Kelvin dismissed as a charlatan's trick.
Inventive in concept, prosaic in its reiterations as a clothing standard, dazzling in its transmutations through ordinary and extraordinary textiles, the sari is an ancient device and decorum of Indian dress.