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  • Nuevo Laredo (Mexico)

    Nuevo Laredo, city and port of entry, northern Tamaulipas estado (state), northeastern Mexico. It lies along the Rio Grande (Río Bravo del Norte), across from Laredo, Texas. The city serves as a commercial centre for the regional cattle industry and as a natural gas production centre. It is the

  • Nuevo León (state, Mexico)

    Nuevo León, estado (state), northeastern Mexico. It is bounded by the United States (Texas) to the north and by the states of Tamaulipas to the east and southeast, San Luis Potosí to the south and southwest, and Zacatecas and Coahuila to the west. The state capital is Monterrey. Nuevo León is

  • nuevo sol (Peruvian currency)

    Nuevo sol, (Spanish: “new sun”) monetary unit of Peru. It is divided into 100 centimos. The sol was introduced as the currency of Peru in the 1860s, but it was replaced during Chile’s occupation of the country. It was reintroduced in the 1930s, but in the mid-1980s, when the country suffered severe

  • Nuffar (ancient city, Iraq)

    Nippur, ancient city of Mesopotamia, now in southeastern Iraq. It lies northeast of the town of Ad-Dīwānīyah. Although never a political capital, Nippur played a dominant role in the religious life of Mesopotamia. In Sumerian mythology Nippur was the home of Enlil, the storm god and representation

  • Nuffield Institute of Comparative Medicine (institution, Dunstable, England, United Kingdom)

    London Zoo: …of Comparative Physiology and the Nuffield Institute of Comparative Medicine.

  • Nuffield Radio Astronomy Laboratories (research station, Cheshire, England, United Kingdom)

    Jodrell Bank Observatory, location of one of the world’s largest fully steerable radio telescopes, which has a reflector that measures 76 metres (250 feet) in diameter. The telescope is located with other smaller radio telescopes at Jodrellbank (formerly Jodrell Bank), about 32 kilometres (20

  • Nuffield, William Richard Morris, Viscount, Baron Nuffield of Nuffield (British industrialist)

    William Richard Morris, Viscount Nuffield, British industrialist and philanthropist whose automobile manufacturing firm introduced the Morris cars. The son of a farm labourer, Morris was obliged by his father’s illness to abandon plans to study medicine and go to work at age 15. Behind his home he

  • Nugaal Valley (river valley, Somalia)

    Nugaaleed Valley, river valley, northeastern Somalia. It is a shallow valley, long and broad, with an extensive network of seasonal watercourses. The valley’s principal watercourses, the Nugaaleed and the more westerly Dheere, fill briefly during and after rainstorms (April to June) and drain into

  • Nugaaleed Valley (river valley, Somalia)

    Nugaaleed Valley, river valley, northeastern Somalia. It is a shallow valley, long and broad, with an extensive network of seasonal watercourses. The valley’s principal watercourses, the Nugaaleed and the more westerly Dheere, fill briefly during and after rainstorms (April to June) and drain into

  • Nugaines (wheat)

    origins of agriculture: Wheat: …introduced in 1962, followed by Nugaines in 1966. The varieties now grown in the United States commonly produce 100 bushels per acre (8,700 litres per hectare), and world records of more than 200 bushels per acre have been established.

  • Nugent, Bruce (American writer, artist and actor)

    Richard Nugent, African American writer, artist, and actor associated with the Harlem Renaissance. Born into a socially prominent family, Nugent grew up in Washington, D.C. Nugent was 13 when his father died and the family moved to New York City. He was introduced to author Langston Hughes in 1925,

  • Nugent, Elliott (American actor, writer, and director)

    Elliott Nugent , American actor, writer, and director who was best known for such light film comedies as The Male Animal (1942) and My Favorite Brunette (1947). Nugent’s father, J.C. Nugent, was an actor and playwright, and his mother, Grace Fertig, was a vaudeville performer. As a child, he

  • Nugent, Richard (American writer, artist and actor)

    Richard Nugent, African American writer, artist, and actor associated with the Harlem Renaissance. Born into a socially prominent family, Nugent grew up in Washington, D.C. Nugent was 13 when his father died and the family moved to New York City. He was introduced to author Langston Hughes in 1925,

  • Nugent, Richard Bruce (American writer, artist and actor)

    Richard Nugent, African American writer, artist, and actor associated with the Harlem Renaissance. Born into a socially prominent family, Nugent grew up in Washington, D.C. Nugent was 13 when his father died and the family moved to New York City. He was introduced to author Langston Hughes in 1925,

  • nugget (mining)

    Nugget, in mining, water-worn, solid lump of metal; the word is most commonly used in reference to gold, but copper, silver, platinum, and other metals in this form are also designated as nuggets. Fragments and pieces of vein metal whose history does not include fluvial (water) transport are not

  • NUGMW (British trade union)

    GMB, one of the largest trade unions in Great Britain and one of the two giant general unions (the other being Unite). The National Union of General and Municipal Workers (NUGMW) was formed in 1924 by the merger of the National Union of Gas and General Workers, the National Amalgamated Union of

  • Nugorus (Italy)

    Nuoro, city, east-central Sardinia, Italy, at the foot of Monte Ortobene. Although the site has been inhabited since prehistoric times, the city was first recorded, as Nugorus, in the 12th century. The centre of a province under Piedmontese rule from 1848 to 1860, it became the provincial capital

  • N?gssuak (peninsula, Greenland)

    Nuussuaq, a common geographic name in Greenland, meaning “the large promontory,” “the large cape,” or “the large peninsula.” Among the several localities named Nuussuaq is a large peninsula in western Greenland, separated from Qeqertarsuaq Island (southwest) by Vaigat Sound and extending northwest

  • N?gssuaq (peninsula, Greenland)

    Nuussuaq, a common geographic name in Greenland, meaning “the large promontory,” “the large cape,” or “the large peninsula.” Among the several localities named Nuussuaq is a large peninsula in western Greenland, separated from Qeqertarsuaq Island (southwest) by Vaigat Sound and extending northwest

  • Nugua (Chinese mythology)

    Nu Gua, in Chinese mythology, the patroness of matchmakers. As wife or sister of the legendary emperor Fu Xi, she helped establish norms for marriage (that included go-betweens) and regulated conduct between the sexes. She is described as having a human head but the body of a snake (or fish).

  • Nū? II (Sāmānid ruler)

    Sāmānid dynasty: Nū? II (976–997), to retain at least nominal control, confirmed Sebüktigin, a former Turkish slave, as semi-independent ruler of Ghazna (modern Ghaznī, Afg.) and appointed his son Ma?mūd governor of Khorāsān. But the Turkish Qarakhanids, who then occupied the greater part

  • Nuhayyan, Sheikh Shakhbut bin Sultan āl (ruler of Abū ?aby)

    Sheikh Shakhbū? ibn Sul?ān āl Nahyān, Arab potentate who ruled Abū ?aby from 1928 until he was deposed in 1966. As ruler of the largest emirate within the British-controlled Trucial Coast, Shakhbū? maintained friendly relations with the United Kingdom and successfully resisted territorial

  • Nuhayyan, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al (president of United Arab Emirates)

    Sheikh Zāyid ibn Sul?ān āl Nahyān, president of the United Arab Emirates from 1971 to 2004 and emir of Abū ?aby from 1966 to 2004. He was credited with modernizing the U.A.E. and making it one of the most prosperous countries in the region. Zāyid was raised as a desert nomad and was governor of Abū

  • Nui (island, Tuvalu)

    Tuvalu: People: Nui, however, was heavily settled in prehistoric times by Micronesians from the Gilbert Islands (now Kiribati). English is taught in the schools and widely used. The vast majority of the population belongs to the Church of Tuvalu (the former Ellice Islands Protestant Church).

  • Nui Truong Son (mountain range, Asia)

    Annamese Cordillera, principal mountain range of Indochina and the watershed between the Mekong River and the South China Sea. It extends parallel to the coast in a gentle curve generally northwest-southeast, forming the boundary between Laos and Vietnam. A fairly continuous range for about 700

  • nuisance (law)

    Nuisance, in law, a human activity or a physical condition that is harmful or offensive to others and gives rise to a cause of action. A public nuisance created in a public place or on public land, or affecting the morals, safety, or health of the community, is considered an offense against the

  • Nuit (ballet)

    George Balanchine: The European years: …piece danced to Anton Rubinstein’s Nuit. He also choreographed works for evenings of experimental ballet performed by himself and his colleagues at the State School of Ballet. The school’s directors discouraged this activity, however. He mounted some new and experimental ballets for the Mikhailovsky Theatre in Petrograd. Among them were…

  • Nuit (Egyptian goddess)

    Nut, in Egyptian religion, a goddess of the sky, vault of the heavens, often depicted as a woman arched over the earth god Geb. Most cultures of regions where there is rain personify the sky as masculine, the rain being the seed which fructifies Mother Earth. In Egypt, however, rain plays no role

  • Nuit Blanche (work by Chong)

    Ping Chong: …Chong produced three major works: Nuit Blanche (first performed 1981), Kind Ness (first performed 1986), and Snow (1988). Nuit Blanche spans Earth and history. In 11 scenes it jumps around chronologically from prehistoric South America to the 1960s in the American South and deals with issues of colonialism and consumerism.…

  • Nuit coloniale, La (work by Abbas)

    Ferhat Abbas: …Algerian War of Independence in La Nuit coloniale (1962; “The Colonial Night”). He is also the author of Le Jeune Algérien: de la colonie vers la province (1931; “The Young Algerian: From Colony to Province”) and Autopsie d’une guerre (1980; “Autopsy of a War”).

  • Nuit d’égypte, Une (ballet by Fokine)

    Léon Bakst: …costumes for Michel Fokine’s ballet Cléopatre (1909; originally named Une Nuit d’égypte). It was the acknowledged highlight of the evening. This production—with its innovations in dress and emphasis on the Oriental, the violent, and the sensual—provided the template for future Ballets Russes extravaganzas, and Bakst therewith became the company’s main…

  • Nuit des Princes Charmants, La (work by Tremblay)

    Canadian literature: Contemporary trends: With La Nuit des Princes Charmants (1995; “The Night of the Princes Charming”; Eng. trans. Some Night My Prince Will Come), he gives a very candid account of the coming-of-age of a young homosexual. Sometimes referred to as Generation X writers, Louis Hamelin (La Rage [1989;…

  • Nuit et brouillard (film by Resnais [1956])

    Alain Resnais: …his documentary about concentration camps, Nuit et brouillard (1956; Night and Fog), with a commentary by a former inmate, the contemporary poet Jean Cayrol, stressed “the concentrationary beast slumbering within us all.” Le Chant du styrène (1959; “The Song of Styrene”), written by author and critic Raymond Queneau, nominally publicizing…

  • Nuit sacrée, La (work by Ben Jelloun)

    Tahar Ben Jelloun: …sequel, La Nuit sacrée (1987; The Sacred Night), won France’s prestigious Prix Goncourt, a first for an African-born writer, and inspired a film adaptation (1993). The two books were eventually translated into more than 40 languages.

  • Nuit sur le mont chauve, Une (animation by Alexe?eff)

    animation: Animation in Europe: …Alexe?eff two years to create A Night on Bald Mountain (1933), which used the music of Modest Mussorgsky; in 1963 Nikolay Gogol was the source of his most widely celebrated film, the dark fable The Nose. Inspired by the shadow puppet theatre of Thailand, Germany’s Lotte Reiniger employed animated silhouettes…

  • Nuit, La (novel by Wiesel)

    Elie Wiesel: …Wiesel’s first book, in Yiddish, Un di velt hot geshvign (1956; “And the World Has Remained Silent”), abridged as La Nuit (1958; Night), a memoir of a young boy’s spiritual reaction to Auschwitz. It is considered by some critics to be the most powerful literary expression of the Holocaust. His…

  • Nujoma, Sam (president of Namibia)

    Sam Nujoma, first president of independent Namibia (1990–2005). Nujoma was born to a peasant family in the remote Ongandjera region of Owambo (Ovamboland) and spent his early years tending the family’s few cattle and goats. His primary education began at night school, and he left school at age 16

  • Nujoma, Samuel Shafiihuma (president of Namibia)

    Sam Nujoma, first president of independent Namibia (1990–2005). Nujoma was born to a peasant family in the remote Ongandjera region of Owambo (Ovamboland) and spent his early years tending the family’s few cattle and goats. His primary education began at night school, and he left school at age 16

  • Nujūm-ul-?ulūm (Indian manuscript)

    Deccani painting: The earliest dated manuscript, the Nujūm-ul-?ulūm of 1570 (“The Stars of the Sciences”; now in the Chester Beatty Library, Dublin), appears to be a product of Bijāpur, which continued to be one of the principal centres of the style. There, painting, as well as the other arts, was greatly stimulated…

  • N?k (Greenland)

    Nuuk, capital and main port of Greenland, on the southwestern coast, near the mouth of the Godth?b Fjord, an inlet of the Davis Strait, and the mountain landmarks Sermitsiaq (“Saddle Island”) and Hjortetakken (“Deer Antlers”). The modern town dates from 1721, when Hans Egede, a Norwegian

  • Nukha (Azerbaijan)

    ??ki, city, north-central Azerbaijan. It is situated on the southern slopes of the Greater Caucasus Range. ??ki, one of the oldest cities in Azerbaijan, was a trading centre on the road to Dagestan. In the 18th and 19th centuries it served as the capital of the khanate of Sheki, which was ceded to

  • Nuku Hiva (island, French Polynesia)

    Nuku Hiva, volcanic island of the northwestern Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia, in the central South Pacific Ocean. Nuku Hiva is the Marquesas’ principal island. It is also widely regarded as the most beautiful of the Marquesas. Its rugged wooded terrain rises to Mount Tekao (3,888 feet [1,185

  • Nukunonu (atoll, Tokelau, New Zealand)

    Nukunonu, coral atoll of Tokelau, a dependency of New Zealand in the South Pacific Ocean. It comprises 30 islets encircling a lagoon 8 miles (13 km) by 7 miles (11.3 km). Discovered (1791) and named Duke of Clarence Island by the captain of the British ship Pandora, which was searching for

  • Nukus (Uzbekistan)

    Nukus, city, southwestern Uzbekistan, capital of the Qoragalpoghiston republic. It lies near the head of the Amu Darya (river) delta. The tiny Nukus settlement, which lay amid the desert sands, was established as a city in 1932 and in 1939 replaced Trutkul (which was being eroded by the Amu Darya)

  • Nuku?alofa (national capital, Tonga)

    Nuku?alofa, capital and chief port of Tonga, on the northern shore of Tongatapu Island, in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. Its deep-draft harbour is protected by reefs. Landmarks include the Royal Palace (1865–67, home of the Tongan royal family), on the seafront at the end of the old wharf, and

  • Nuland, Sherwin B. (American surgeon and author)

    Sherwin B. Nuland, (Shepsel Ber Nudelman), American surgeon and author (born Dec. 8, 1930, Bronx, N.Y.—died March 3, 2014, Hamden, Conn.), demystified death in his National Book Award-winning nonfiction work How We Die: Reflections on Life’s Final Chapter (1994), which offered an unvarnished look

  • null hypothesis

    statistics: Hypothesis testing: This assumption is called the null hypothesis and is denoted by H0. An alternative hypothesis (denoted Ha), which is the opposite of what is stated in the null hypothesis, is then defined. The hypothesis-testing procedure involves using sample data to determine whether or not H0 can be rejected. If H0…

  • null matrix (mathematics)

    matrix: …elements 0 is called a zero matrix. A square matrix A with 1s on the main diagonal (upper left to lower right) and 0s everywhere else is called a unit matrix. It is denoted by I or In to show that its order is n. If B is any square…

  • null mutation (genetics)

    heredity: Mechanisms of mutation: …gene is called a “null” mutation. Less-severe mutations are called “leaky” mutations because some normal function still “leaks through” into the phenotype.

  • null principle (physics)

    Equivalence principle, fundamental law of physics that states that gravitational and inertial forces are of a similar nature and often indistinguishable. In the Newtonian form it asserts, in effect, that, within a windowless laboratory freely falling in a uniform gravitational field, experimenters

  • null set (mathematics)

    formal logic: Set theory: …same, there is only one null class, which is therefore usually called the null class (or sometimes the empty class); it is symbolized by Λ or ?. The notation x = y is used for “x is identical with y,” and ~(x = y) is usually abbreviated as x ≠…

  • Null-acht fünfzhen (work by Kirst)

    Hans Hellmut Kirst: …satiric trilogy Null-acht fünfzhen (1954–55; Zero Eight Fifteen), the continuing story of an army private, Gunner Asch, and his personal battle with the absurdities of the German military system. He was perhaps best known for Die Nacht der Generale (1962, The Night of the Generals), which was made into a…

  • Nullagine River (river, Western Australia, Australia)

    De Grey River: …turns northwest to join the Nullagine River and becomes the De Grey. The seasonally intermittent stream, the principal tributaries of which are the Shaw and Coorgan rivers, enters the Indian Ocean at Breaker Inlet, 40 miles (70 km) northeast of Port Hedland. The De Grey River from the confluence of…

  • Nullarbor National Park (national park, South Australia, Australia)

    Great Victoria Desert: …Great Victoria Desert Nature Reserve, Nullarbor National Park, and the Flora and Fauna Conservation Park.

  • Nullarbor Plain (plateau, Australia)

    Nullarbor Plain, vast limestone plateau, extending westward for roughly 400 miles (650 km) from Ooldea in South Australia into Western Australia and northward from the Great Australian Bight (a wide bay) for 250 miles (400 km) to the Great Victoria Desert. The plain occupies 100,000 square miles

  • nullification (United States government)

    nullification crisis: The doctrine of nullification had been advocated by Thomas Jefferson and James Madison in the Virginia and Kentucky Resolutions of 1798–99. The union was a compact of sovereign states, Jefferson asserted, and the federal government was their agent with certain specified, delegated powers. The states

  • nullification crisis (United States history [1832–1833])

    Nullification crisis, in U.S. history, confrontation between the state of South Carolina and the federal government in 1832–33 over the former’s attempt to declare null and void within the state the federal Tariffs of 1828 and 1832. The resolution of the nullification crisis in favour of the

  • nullification doctrine (United States government)

    nullification crisis: The doctrine of nullification had been advocated by Thomas Jefferson and James Madison in the Virginia and Kentucky Resolutions of 1798–99. The union was a compact of sovereign states, Jefferson asserted, and the federal government was their agent with certain specified, delegated powers. The states

  • nullification, doctrine of (United States government)

    nullification crisis: The doctrine of nullification had been advocated by Thomas Jefferson and James Madison in the Virginia and Kentucky Resolutions of 1798–99. The union was a compact of sovereign states, Jefferson asserted, and the federal government was their agent with certain specified, delegated powers. The states

  • Nullification, Ordinance of (United States [1832])

    Force Bill: …Carolina then adopted (1832) the Ordinance of Nullification, proclaiming both tariffs null and void within the state and threatening to secede if the federal government attempted to enforce the tariffs.

  • NUM (labour union, South Africa)

    South Africa: Labour and taxation: …largest unions, among them the National Union of Mineworkers. Other federations include the black consciousness-rooted National Council of Trade Unions and the mainly white Federation of South African Labour.

  • Numa (fibre)

    polyurethane: …synthetic fibre known generically as spandex is composed of at least 85 percent polyurethane by weight. Such fibres are generally used for their highly elastic properties. Trademarked fibres in this group are Lycra, Numa, Spandelle, and Vyrene. Such fibres have, for many textile purposes, largely replaced natural and synthetic rubber…

  • Numa (people)

    Paiute, either of two distinct North American Indian groups that speak languages of the Numic group of the Uto-Aztecan family. The Southern Paiute, who speak Ute, at one time occupied what are now southern Utah, northwestern Arizona, southern Nevada, and southeastern California, the latter group

  • Numa Pompilius (king of Rome)

    Numa Pompilius, second of the seven kings who, according to Roman tradition, ruled Rome before the founding of the republic (c. 509 bce). Numa is said to have reigned from 715 to 673. He is credited with the formulation of the religious calendar and with the founding of Rome’s other early religious

  • Numa Roumestan (work by Daudet)

    Alphonse Daudet: Legacy: …between physical and maternal love; Numa Roumestan (1881), the antagonism between the northern and the southern character in man and woman; L’évangéliste (1883), filial affection struggling against religious fanaticism; and La Petite Paroisse (1895), the contrarieties of jealousy. In Sapho (1884), underlying the moral issue, there is Daudet’s evaluation of…

  • Numakiki (people)

    Mandan, North American Plains Indians who traditionally lived in semipermanent villages along the Missouri River in what is now North Dakota. They spoke a Siouan language, and their oral traditions suggest that they once lived in eastern North America. According to 19th-century anthropologist

  • Numan (Nigeria)

    Numan, town and port on the Benue River, Adamawa state, eastern Nigeria. It is located about 30 miles (50 km) from Yola, opposite the mouth of the Gongola River, which is the principal tributary of the Benue River. Numan is connected by road to Gombe, Shellen, Yola, Jalingo, and Ganye. Probably

  • Numantia (ancient town, Spain)

    Numantia, a Celtiberian town (now Garray), near modern Soria in Spain on the upper Douro (Duero) River. Founded on the site of earlier settlements by Iberians who penetrated the Celtic highlands about 300 bc, it later formed the centre of Celtiberian resistance to Rome, withstanding repeated

  • Numayrī, Ja?far Mu?ammad (president of The Sudan)

    Gaafar Mohamed el-Nimeiri, major general, commander of the armed forces, and president of Sudan (1971–85). After graduating from the Sudan Military College in 1952, Nimeiri acted as commander of the Khartoum garrison and led campaigns against rebels in southern Sudan. He joined in a number of

  • Numayri, Ja?far Muhammad al- (president of The Sudan)

    Gaafar Mohamed el-Nimeiri, major general, commander of the armed forces, and president of Sudan (1971–85). After graduating from the Sudan Military College in 1952, Nimeiri acted as commander of the Khartoum garrison and led campaigns against rebels in southern Sudan. He joined in a number of

  • Numazu (Japan)

    Numazu, city, southeastern Shizuoka ken (prefecture), central Honshu, Japan. It lies at the mouth of the Kano River, facing Suruga Bay, at the base of the Izu Peninsula. It developed as a castle town in the early 16th century and later served as a post town on the Tōkaidō (“Eastern Sea Highway”).

  • numbat (marsupial)

    Numbat, (Myrmecobius fasciatus), marsupial mammal of the family Myrmecobiidae, of which it is the sole living representative. The numbat forages by day for termites in woodlands of Australia; it is one of the few diurnal (active by day) Australian marsupials. It has a squat body and a small pointed

  • number (grammar)

    Afro-Asiatic languages: The nominal system: …Afro-Asiatic languages mark nouns for number in a manner quite different from that used in most Indo-European languages. Whereas English, for example, usually differentiates only between singular and plural, Classical Semitic and Egyptian routinely distinguished between singular, dual, and plural. This system has left traces in other divisions of Afro-Asiatic,…

  • number (mathematics)

    Number, any of the positive or negative integers, or any of the set of all real or complex numbers, the latter containing all numbers of the form a + bi, where a and b are real numbers and i denotes the square root of –1. (Numbers of the form bi are sometimes called pure imaginary numbers to

  • Number 1 crossbar system (telecommunications)

    telephone: Electromechanical switching: …system, however, was the AT&amp;T No. 1 crossbar system, first installed in Brooklyn, N.Y., in 1938. A series of improved versions followed the No. 1 crossbar system, the most notable being the No. 5 system. First deployed in 1948, the No. 5 crossbar system became the workhorse of the Bell…

  • Number 1 electronic switching system

    telephone: Electronic switching: …1965, became known as the No. 1 ESS. The No. 1 ESS employed a special type of reed switch known as a ferreed. Normally, a reed switch is constructed of two thin metal strips, or reeds, which are sealed in a glass tube. When an electromagnetic coil surrounding the tube…

  • number 10 (number)

    decimal: …mathematics, positional numeral system employing 10 as the base and requiring 10 different numerals, the digits 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. It also requires a dot (decimal point) to represent decimal fractions. In this scheme, the numerals used in denoting a number take different place…

  • Number 4 electronic switching system

    telephone: Digital switching: …United States was the AT&amp;T-designed No. 4 ESS, placed into service in 1976. The No. 4 ESS was a toll system capable of serving a maximum of 53,760 two-way trunk circuits. It was soon followed by several other time-division systems for switching local calls. Among these was the AT&amp;T No.…

  • Number 5 electronic switching system

    telephone: Digital switching: Among these was the AT&amp;T No. 5 ESS, improved versions of which could handle 100,000 lines.

  • Number 9: In Praise of Gertrude Stein (painting by Tomlin)

    Bradley Walker Tomlin: …more premeditated pieces, such as Number 9: In Praise of Gertrude Stein (1950), in which calligraphic and typographic shapes form a floating, but controlled, network over the entire surface of the canvas. During the remaining years of his life, he produced many paintings in subtle variations of this style, imbuing…

  • number base (number systems)

    Base, in mathematics, an arbitrarily chosen whole number greater than 1 in terms of which any number can be expressed as a sum of that base raised to various powers. See numerals and numeral

  • number eight, the (number)

    October: …from octo, Latin for “eight,” an indication of its position in the early Roman calendar.

  • number eighteen, the (number)

    number symbolism: 18: Because 18 is twice 9, it has some significance by association with 9. In Norse mythology Haldan has 18 sons and Odin knows 18 things. The number is sacred to the Sufi mystics who were known in the West as the whirling dervishes, and…

  • number eleven, the (number)

    number symbolism: 11: Sandwiched between the two auspicious and important numbers 10 and 12, the number 11 generally has negative connotations. Bungus stated that 11 has no connection with the divine, and medieval theology refers to the “11 heads of error.” Because at any time one of…

  • number fifteen, the (number)

    number symbolism: 15: As the product of two sacred numbers (3 × 5), 15 naturally has religious significance. In ancient Nineveh the goddess Ishtar was served by 15 priests, and the city had 15 gates. The 3 × 3 magic square has 15 as its magic constant,…

  • number five, the (number)

    number symbolism: 5: The sum of the first even and odd numbers (2 + 3) is 5. (To the Pythagoreans 1 was not a number and was not odd.) It therefore symbolizes human life and—in the Platonic and Pythagorean traditions—marriage, as the sum of the female 2…

  • number four, the (number)

    number symbolism: 4: The number of order in the universe is 4—the four elements of earth, air, fire, and water; the four seasons; the four points of the compass; the four phases of the Moon (new, half-moon waxing, full, half-moon waning). The Four Noble Truths epitomize Buddhism.…

  • number fourteen, the (number)

    number symbolism: 14: The number 14 is an even number with attributes similar to those of 7. A period of 14 days is half of the Moon’s 28-day cycle, so it takes 14 days (one fortnight, short for fourteen-night) for the Moon to wax from new to…

  • number game

    Number game, any of various puzzles and games that involve aspects of mathematics. Mathematical recreations comprise puzzles and games that vary from naive amusements to sophisticated problems, some of which have never been solved. They may involve arithmetic, algebra, geometry, theory of numbers,

  • number line (mathematics)

    elementary algebra: Algebraic quantities: …real numbers is called a number line. Many earlier mathematicians realized there was a relationship between all points on a straight line and all real numbers, but it was the German mathematician Richard Dedekind who made this explicit as a postulate in his Continuity and Irrational Numbers (1872).

  • number nine, the (number)

    number symbolism: 9: In contrast to 8, the number 9 often represents pain or sadness. The 16th-century Catholic theologian Peter Bungus pointed out that the Ninth Psalm predicts the coming of the Antichrist. In Islamic cosmology the universe is made from nine spheres—the traditional eight of Ptolemy,…

  • number nineteen, the (number)

    number symbolism: 19: Eclipses of the Sun tend to recur in periods of 19 years. The Babylonians considered the 19th day of the month to be unlucky because it was 49 days from the beginning of the previous month (add 30), and, since 49 = 7 ×…

  • number of the beast (New Testament)

    number symbolism: Arithmomancy: …the “number of the beast,” 666, from the biblical Revelation to John (13:18). Curiously, Revelation is the 66th book in the Bible, and the number of the beast occurs in verse 18, which is 6 + 6 + 6. But who is the beast? The German Protestant scholar Andreas Helwig…

  • number one hundred, the (numeral system)

    number symbolism: 100: Because our notational system for numbers is decimal (base 10), the number 100 takes on a significance that it would probably not possess if we employed other systems of notation. It is a round number and holds hints of perfection. The Western calendar is…

  • number one, the (number)

    Middle Eastern religion: Association of religion with the arts and sciences: The most perfect number was one, for by advancing from zero to one men believed they proceeded from nonexistence to existence. Moreover, all other whole numbers were regarded as multiples of one, representative of the Creator, the Prime Mover, of the universe. The Egyptians called Re “the one One”; the…

  • number seven, the (number)

    September: …from septem, Latin for “seven,” an indication of its position in the early Roman calendar.

  • number seventeen, the (number)

    number symbolism: 17: In ancient times, in the region of Urartu, near Mount Ararat, the local deity was offered 17-fold sacrifices. The biblical Flood began on the 17th day of the second month and ended on the 17th day of the seventh month. Greek superstition holds the…

  • number six, the (number)

    number symbolism: 6: By a wonderful conjunction of mathematical coincidences, 6 is both the sum (1 + 2 + 3) and the product (1 × 2 × 3) of the first three numbers. It is therefore considered “perfect.” In mathematics, a perfect number is one that equals…

  • number sixteen, the (number)

    number symbolism: 16: Because 16 is the square of 4, it inherits favourable attributes. It was popular in ancient India; the Vedas talk of 16-fold incantations, and the Chinese-Indian goddess Pussa has 16 arms. The Rosicrucians believed that nature consisted of 16 elements.

  • number symbolism

    Number symbolism, cultural associations—including religious, philosophic, and aesthetic—with various numbers. Humanity has had a love-hate relationship with numbers from the earliest times. Bones dating from perhaps 30,000 years ago show scratch marks that possibly represent the phases of the Moon.

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