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  • Fox, Della May (American actress and singer)

    Della May Fox, actress and singer whose professional ability and childlike persona earned her great popularity on the late 19th-century American stage. Fox began appearing in amateur theatricals at an early age. She made her first professional appearance at age 13 in an adaptation of a Frances

  • Fox, Gardner (American writer)

    Batgirl: …for DC Comics by writer Gardner Fox and artist Carmine Infantino. Batgirl first appeared in Detective Comics no. 359 (January 1967).

  • Fox, George (English religious leader)

    George Fox, English preacher and missionary and founder of the Society of Friends (or Quakers); his personal religious experience made him hostile to church conventions and established his reliance on what he saw as inward light or God-given inspiration over scriptural authority or creeds. He

  • Fox, Harold (American clothier)

    Harold Fox, U.S. clothier who claimed to have created and named the zoot suit--a wide-shouldered jacket with high-waisted pants, often offset by a long-chained watch--favoured by fops of the 1940s (b. July 9, 1910--d. July 28,

  • Fox, Harry (American comedian)

    fox-trot: Allegedly named for the comedian Harry Fox, whose 1913 Ziegfeld Follies act included a trotting step, the fox-trot developed less strenuous walking steps for its ballroom version. The music, influenced by ragtime, is in 44 time with syncopated rhythm. The speed of the step varies with the music: half notes…

  • Fox, Henry Richard Vassall, 3rd Baron Holland (British politician)

    Henry Richard Vassall Fox, 3rd Baron Holland, British Whig politician, associate of the party leader and reorganizer Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey, and nephew and disciple of the statesman Charles James Fox, whose libertarian political ideas he expounded in the House of Lords. He was the son of

  • Fox, Henry, 1st Baron Holland of Foxley (British politician)

    Henry Fox, 1st Baron Holland, English politician, notable chiefly for the success with which he exploited public office for private gain. The second son of Sir Stephen Fox, he inherited a large share of the riches that his father had accumulated but squandered it. He contracted a wealthy marriage

  • Fox, Kate (American medium)

    Margaret Fox and Catherine Fox: …by many, including Margaret and Catherine, and soon the curious, the gullible, and the skeptical alike were coming in droves to observe for themselves. Their sensational reputation spread rapidly. An elder sister, Ann Leah Fish of Rochester, New York, quickly began managing regular public demonstrations of her sisters’ mediumistic gifts.…

  • Fox, Margaret (American medium)

    Margaret Fox and Catherine Fox: …to spirits by many, including Margaret and Catherine, and soon the curious, the gullible, and the skeptical alike were coming in droves to observe for themselves. Their sensational reputation spread rapidly. An elder sister, Ann Leah Fish of Rochester, New York, quickly began managing regular public demonstrations of her sisters’…

  • Fox, Margaret; and Fox, Catherine (American mediums)

    Margaret Fox and Catherine Fox, American mediums whose highly publicized—and profitable—séances triggered an enormously popular fad for spiritualism in the mid-19th century. The Fox sisters moved with their family to a farm near Hydesville in Wayne county, New York, in 1847. The next year there

  • Fox, Megan (American actress)

    Megan Fox, American actress who was best known for her roles in action films, notably both the Transformers and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series. Fox spent her early childhood in Tennessee, where she was raised in a Pentecostal home. She began taking drama and dance lessons at age five. Her

  • Fox, Michael Andrew (Canadian actor)

    Michael J. Fox, Canadian American actor and activist who rose to fame in the 1980s for his comedic roles and who later became involved in Parkinson disease research after being diagnosed with the disorder. Fox grew up on Canadian military bases and moved to Los Angeles at age 18. He won three Emmy

  • Fox, Michael J. (Canadian actor)

    Michael J. Fox, Canadian American actor and activist who rose to fame in the 1980s for his comedic roles and who later became involved in Parkinson disease research after being diagnosed with the disorder. Fox grew up on Canadian military bases and moved to Los Angeles at age 18. He won three Emmy

  • Fox, Nellie (American baseball player)

    Luis Aparicio: With second baseman Nellie Fox, Aparicio formed a double-play duo for the White Sox that helped them to the 1959 World Series. In a move that upset both Sox fans and Aparicio, he was traded to the Baltimore Orioles in 1963. In 1966 he helped lead them to…

  • Fox, Paul J. (American geophysicist)

    oceanic ridge: Pacific Ocean: Macdonald, Paul J. Fox, and Peter F. Lonsdale discovered that the main spreading centre appears to be interrupted and offset a few kilometres to one side at various places along the crest of the East Pacific Rise. However, the ends of the offset spreading centres overlap…

  • Fox, Richard (English statesman)

    Richard Foxe, English ecclesiastical statesman, one of the chief ministers of King Henry VII (ruled 1485–1509) and founder of Corpus Christi College, Oxford (1515–16). After receiving ordination into the priesthood Foxe became secretary in Paris to Henry Tudor, Earl of Richmond, an exiled claimant

  • Fox, Richard K. (American publisher)

    Belle Starr: …few months after her death, Richard K. Fox, publisher of the National Police Gazette, issued a purported biography, Belle Starr, the Bandit Queen, or The Female Jesse James. Fox’s portrayal of the beautiful Belle of Old Southern heritage who turned to crime to avenge the death of her brother, a…

  • Fox, Russell A. (American political theorist)

    communitarianism: Varieties of communitarianism: …included the American political theorist Russell A. Fox and the Singaporean diplomat Bilahari Kausikan.

  • Fox, Sidney (American biochemist)

    life: Production of polymers: …dry heating by American biochemist Sidney Fox and his colleagues. The polyamino acids that he formed are not random molecules unrelated to life. They have distinct catalytic activities. Long polymers of amino acids were also produced from hydrogen cyanide and anhydrous liquid ammonia by American chemist Clifford Matthews in simulations…

  • Fox, Sir William (prime minister of New Zealand)

    Sir William Fox, author and statesman who helped shape the Constitution Act of 1852, which established home rule for New Zealand. He also served four short terms as the nation’s prime minister (1856, 1861–62, 1869–72, 1873). After emigrating to New Zealand in 1842, Fox became an agent for the New

  • Fox, Terrance Stanley (Canadian activist)

    Terry Fox, Canadian activist who became a national hero and an inspirational figure for his battle against cancer. Through his Marathon of Hope event, a race across Canada, he raised millions of dollars for cancer research. At age 10 Fox moved with his family to Port Coquitlam, B.C. In 1977, while

  • Fox, Terry (Canadian activist)

    Terry Fox, Canadian activist who became a national hero and an inspirational figure for his battle against cancer. Through his Marathon of Hope event, a race across Canada, he raised millions of dollars for cancer research. At age 10 Fox moved with his family to Port Coquitlam, B.C. In 1977, while

  • Fox, The (film by Rydell [1968])

    Mark Rydell: …made his film-directing debut with The Fox, a brooding adaptation of a D.H. Lawrence novella, starring Sandy Dennis and Anne Heywood as housemates whose rural life—and lesbian relationship—is disrupted when a handsome stranger (played by Keir Dullea) moves in unexpectedly. The entertaining The Reivers (1969), which was based on William…

  • Fox, the (American stock-car racer)

    David Pearson, American stock-car racer who was one of the most successful drivers in National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) history. Pearson could well have been the greatest NASCAR driver of all time had he competed in as many races as his rivals. He never raced a complete season

  • Fox, Vicente (president of Mexico)

    Vicente Fox, Mexican businessman and politician who was president of Mexico from 2000 to 2006. His term in office marked the end of 71 years of uninterrupted rule by the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI). Fox, the second of nine children, was raised on a 1,100-acre (445-hectare) ranch in the

  • Fox, William (American film producer)

    William Fox, American motion-picture executive who built a multimillion-dollar empire controlling a large portion of the exhibition, distribution, and production of film facilities during the era of silent film. Fox worked as a newsboy and in the fur and garment industry before investing in a

  • Fox-Case Corporation (American motion-picture corporation)

    history of the motion picture: Introduction of sound: …patent litigation) and formed the Fox-Case Corporation to make shorts under the trade name Fox Movietone. Six months later he secretly bought the American rights to the German Tri-Ergon process, whose flywheel mechanism was essential to the continuous reproduction of optical sound. To cover himself completely Fox negotiated a reciprocal…

  • Fox-Jencken, Kate (American medium)

    Margaret Fox and Catherine Fox: …by many, including Margaret and Catherine, and soon the curious, the gullible, and the skeptical alike were coming in droves to observe for themselves. Their sensational reputation spread rapidly. An elder sister, Ann Leah Fish of Rochester, New York, quickly began managing regular public demonstrations of her sisters’ mediumistic gifts.…

  • fox-trot (dance)

    Fox-trot, ballroom dance popular in Europe and America since its introduction around 1914. Allegedly named for the comedian Harry Fox, whose 1913 Ziegfeld Follies act included a trotting step, the fox-trot developed less strenuous walking steps for its ballroom version. The music, influenced by

  • Foxbat (Soviet aircraft)

    fighter aircraft: F-16 and the Soviet MiG-25 are among the most advanced jet fighters in the world.

  • foxberry (plant)

    Lingonberry, (Vaccinium vitis-idaea), small creeping plant of the heath family (Ericaceae), related to the blueberry and cranberry. Lingonberry plants are found throughout the Northern Hemisphere in boreal forests and tundra regions. The red fruit is used for jelly and juice by northern Europeans

  • Foxburg (Pennsylvania, United States)

    golf: The United States and Canada: …1885, it was played in Foxburg, Pennsylvania. The Oakhurst Golf Club in West Virginia, which later became the Greenbrier Club, is said to have been formed in 1884; and the Dorset Field Club in Dorset, Vermont, claims to have been organized and to have laid out its course in 1886,…

  • Foxburg Golf Club (golf club, Foxburg, Pennsylvania, United States)

    golf: The United States and Canada: The Foxburg Golf Club has provided strong support for the claim that it was organized in 1887 and is the oldest golf club in the United States with a permanent existence. Foxburg also claims the oldest American golf course.

  • Foxcatcher (film by Miller [2014])

    Steve Carell: In the drama Foxcatcher (2014) Carell played John du Pont, a member of the wealthy du Pont family who converted portions of his Pennsylvania estate, Foxcatcher Farm, into a training facility for wrestlers, one of whom he was later convicted of murdering. His ominous turn as the mentally…

  • Foxe Basin (basin, Canada)

    Foxe Basin, basin that is an arm of the Atlantic Ocean between Melville Peninsula and Baffin Island, north of Hudson Bay in Nunavut, Canada. The basin is about 300 miles (500 km) long and 200–250 miles (320–400 km) wide, with a maximum depth of 1,500 feet (460 metres). It is connected with Hudson

  • Foxe, John (British clergyman)

    John Foxe, English Puritan preacher and author of The Book of Martyrs, a graphic and polemic account of those who suffered for the cause of Protestantism. Widely read, often the most valued book beside the Bible in the households of English Puritans, it helped shape popular opinion about Roman

  • Foxe, Luke (British explorer)

    Hudson Bay: …in 1631, and the explorer Luke Foxe lent his name to Foxe Channel in the same year. The west coast was not mapped until the early 1820s, and the first bathymetric measurements of the area were made by Canadians during 1929–31. Air reconnaissance superseded naval researches from the second half…

  • Foxe, Richard (English statesman)

    Richard Foxe, English ecclesiastical statesman, one of the chief ministers of King Henry VII (ruled 1485–1509) and founder of Corpus Christi College, Oxford (1515–16). After receiving ordination into the priesthood Foxe became secretary in Paris to Henry Tudor, Earl of Richmond, an exiled claimant

  • Foxes of Harrow, The (film by Stahl [1947])

    John M. Stahl: Stahl then directed The Foxes of Harrow (1947), an adaptation of Frank Yerby’s novel. The popular drama, which was set in 1820s New Orleans, starred Rex Harrison as a womanizing gambler and Maureen O’Hara as his wife.

  • Foxes of Harrow, The (novel by Yerby)

    John M. Stahl: …an adaptation of Frank Yerby’s novel. The popular drama, which was set in 1820s New Orleans, starred Rex Harrison as a womanizing gambler and Maureen O’Hara as his wife.

  • foxfire (fungus)

    bioluminescence: The range and variety of bioluminescent organisms: Small whitish luminous fungi (“foxfire”) commonly grow on deadwood in forests, particularly where the ground is moist and wet; these forms predominate in the tropics. The light of fungi ranges from blue to green and yellow, depending on the species. Among the large luminous forms are the ghost fungus…

  • foxglove (plant)

    Foxglove, (genus Digitalis), genus of about 20 species of herbaceous plants (family Plantaginaceae). Foxgloves are native to Europe, the Mediterranean region, and the Canary Islands, and several species are cultivated for their attractive flower spikes. All parts of the plants contain cardiac

  • foxhound (type of dog)

    Foxhound, either of two breeds of dogs, one English and one American, that are traditionally kept in packs for the centuries-old ride to hounds of fox-hunting sportsmen. The English foxhound is the product of long, careful breeding. It stands 21 to 25 inches (53 to 63.5 cm) and weighs 60 to 70

  • Foxhound Kennel Stud Book (stud book)

    dog: The breeds: The Foxhound Kennel Stud Book, published in England in 1844, was one of the earliest registries. Other countries also have systems for registering purebred dogs. The AKC represents an enrollment of more than 36 million since its inception in 1884, and it registers approximately 1.25 million…

  • foxhunting

    Foxhunting, the chase of a fox by horsemen with a pack of hounds. In England, the home of the sport, foxhunting dates from at least the 15th century. In its inception, it was probably an adjunct to stag and hare hunting, with the same hounds used to chase each quarry. Modern foxhunting took shape

  • foxing (art restoration)

    art conservation and restoration: Prints and drawings on paper: …brown spots known as “foxing,” which may result from the combined influence of metallic particles in paper and mold. Additionally, attack on the cellulose and sizing of paper and paint media by biological pests such as silverfish, book lice, beetle larvae, mold, or fungus can result in very destructive…

  • FOXP2 (gene)

    Neanderthal: Other adaptations: …early 2000s involving the Neanderthal FOXP2 gene (a gene thought to allow for the capacity for speech and language) indicated that Neanderthals probably used language in the same way that modern humans have. Such a deduction had also been extrapolated from interpretations of the complex behaviours of Neanderthals—such as the…

  • foxtail (plant)

    Foxtail, any of the weedy grasses in the genera Alopecurus and Setaria of the family Poaceae. Foxtails are so named for their spikelet clusters of bristled seeds, which are dispersed as a unit and somewhat resemble the bushy tail of a fox. In some species, these units have a pointed tip and retrose

  • foxtail brome (plant)

    bromegrass: diandrus), and foxtail brome (B. rubens) are dangerous to grazing animals; spines on their spikelets or bracts can puncture the animals’ eyes, mouths, and intestines, leading to infection and possible death.

  • foxtail millet (plant)

    foxtail: Foxtail millet (S. italica; see millet) is the only economically valuable species. Yellow foxtail (S. pumila) and green foxtail (S. viridis), named for the colour of their bristles, are common in cornfields and disturbed areas. Bristly foxtail (S. verticillata), whose barbed bristles stick

  • foxtailing (botany)

    tree: Tree height growth: …a type of growth called foxtailing. This is primarily a plantation phenomenon wherein, after planting, the trees elongate continuously without producing any lateral branches. Several metres of branch-free bole may be produced, and then the tree may grow in a more normal pattern and may revert to foxtailing at various…

  • Foxx, James Emory (American baseball player)

    Jimmie Foxx, American professional baseball player, the second man in major league history to hit 500 home runs. (Babe Ruth was the first.) A right-handed hitter who played mostly at first base, he finished with a total of 534 home runs. His career batting average was .325. Foxx was a sensational

  • Foxx, Jamie (American comedian, musician, and actor)

    Jamie Foxx, American comedian, musician, and actor, who became known for his impersonations on the television sketch-comedy show In Living Color and later proved himself a versatile film actor, especially noted for his Academy Award-winning portrayal of Ray Charles in Ray (2004). Bishop’s parents

  • Foxx, Jimmie (American baseball player)

    Jimmie Foxx, American professional baseball player, the second man in major league history to hit 500 home runs. (Babe Ruth was the first.) A right-handed hitter who played mostly at first base, he finished with a total of 534 home runs. His career batting average was .325. Foxx was a sensational

  • Foxx, Redd (American actor and comedian)

    Redd Foxx, American comedian known for his raunchy stand-up routines. His style of comedy, which featured foul language and highly adult subject matter, influenced generations of comics. He was also a television actor, star of the hit television series Sanford and Son, which ran on NBC from 1972 to

  • Foy, Eddie (American comedian)

    Eddie Foy, American comedian, actor, and vaudevillian who enjoyed success in variety shows and musicals before becoming a star on the vaudeville circuit. As a child, he sang and danced in the streets of New York and Chicago to help support his family. He gained his first professional recognition in

  • Foy, Edwin Fitzgerald (American comedian)

    Eddie Foy, American comedian, actor, and vaudevillian who enjoyed success in variety shows and musicals before becoming a star on the vaudeville circuit. As a child, he sang and danced in the streets of New York and Chicago to help support his family. He gained his first professional recognition in

  • Foy, Maximilien-Sébastien (French military leader and statesman)

    Maximilien Foy, French military leader, writer, and statesman who rose through the ranks of the imperial army during the Napoleonic Wars (1800–15) and then emerged as a leading spokesman of the liberal opposition during the early years after the Bourbon Restoration (1815). Foy served in the

  • foyer (architecture)

    Foyer, intermediate area between the exterior and interior of a building, especially a theatre. Originally the term was applied only to that area in French theatres, comparable to the greenroom in English theatres, where actors relaxed when they were offstage. Because actors were accustomed to

  • Foyle, Lough (inlet, Ireland)

    Lough Foyle, inlet on the north coast of Ireland between the Inishowen Peninsula (mainly County Donegal, Ireland) to the west and the district councils of Limavady and Londonderry (until 1973 in County Londonderry), Northern Ireland, to the east and southeast. The lough is about 16 miles (26 km)

  • Foyn, Svend (Norwegian inventor)

    whaling: Modern whaling: A Norwegian, Svend Foyn, brought whaling into the modern age with the construction of his 86-ton, seven-knot Spes et Fides, the first steam-powered whale catcher. Generating only 50 horsepower, it relied on stealth and various new technologies, including Foyn’s newly invented harpoon cannon. This forward-mounted, muzzle-loading gun…

  • Foys, Loys du (Flemish architect)

    Western architecture: Flanders and Holland: …(1561–65), at Antwerp, designed by Loys du Foys and Nicolo Scarini and executed by Cornelis II Floris (originally de Vriendt [1514–75]). It was decided to replace Antwerp’s small medieval town hall with a large structure, 300 feet (90 metres) long, in the new style, as a reflection of Antwerp’s prosperity…

  • Foyt, A. J. (American race–car driver)

    A. J. Foyt, versatile and successful American automobile racing driver who won the Indianapolis 500 in 1961, 1964, 1967, and 1977, the first four-time winner. A racer from the age of 17 and—unlike many drivers—an expert auto mechanic, Foyt participated in his first IndyCar race in 1957. The

  • Foyt, Anthony Joseph, Jr. (American race–car driver)

    A. J. Foyt, versatile and successful American automobile racing driver who won the Indianapolis 500 in 1961, 1964, 1967, and 1977, the first four-time winner. A racer from the age of 17 and—unlike many drivers—an expert auto mechanic, Foyt participated in his first IndyCar race in 1957. The

  • FPA (American organization)

    birth control: Family planning services: …was to evolve into the Family Planning Association. As early as 1881 the British Malthusian League had brought together individuals from 40 countries to discuss birth control, and five genuinely international meetings had taken place by 1930. A conference was held in Sweden in 1946. The first birth control clinic…

  • FPA clause (insurance clause)

    insurance: FPA clause: The FPA, or “free of particular average,” clause excludes from coverage partial losses to the cargo or to the hull except those resulting from stranding, sinking, burning, or collision. Under its provisions, losses below a given percentage of value, say 10 percent, are…

  • FPC (dietary supplement)

    protein concentrate: …leaf protein concentrate (LPC) and fish protein concentrate (FPC).

  • FPM (political party, Lebanon)

    Michel Aoun: Exile and return: His anti-occupation Free Patriotic Movement (FPM) ran for parliamentary elections in June and emerged as the largest Christian party in the National Assembly. On February 6, 2006, in a surprise move, Aoun signed a memorandum with Hezbollah’s leader Hassan Nasrallah, and the FPM joined the Syria-oriented “March…

  • FP? (political party, Austria)

    Austria: Political process: The populist Freedom Party of Austria (Freiheitliche Partei ?sterreichs; FP?), sometimes referred to as the Liberal Party, was founded in 1955 as a successor to the League of Independents. Initially drawing the bulk of its support from former National Socialists, the party’s fiercely right-wing views had been…

  • FPR (political party, Rwanda)

    Juvénal Habyarimana: …a rebellion by the Tutsi-led Rwandan Patriotic Front (Front Patriotique Rwandais; FPR) began in October 1990. The rebellion further inflamed the country’s long-standing ethnic tensions, and Hutu mobs, incited by local authorities, killed hundreds of Tutsi civilians. Intermittent peace talks yielded little success until Aug. 4, 1993, when, at peace…

  • FPS game (electronic game genre)

    electronic shooter game: …PCs, was not the original first-person shooter (FPS) game, it set the standard for the subgenre. id Software followed up with Doom (1993), the first FPS game with multiplayer support. Other popular FPS games released in the 1990s include Duke Nukem 3D (1996), Quake (1996), Half-Life (1998), and Unreal Tournament…

  • FPTP (elections)

    alternative vote: …the British electoral system from first-past-the-post (FPTP) in favour of AV; on May 5, 2011, however, more than two-thirds of British voters rejected AV.

  • FQM-151 Pointer (military aircraft)

    military aircraft: Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs): AeroVironment FQM-151 Pointer, a UAV weighing less than 10 pounds (4.5 kg) and resembling a powered model sailplane. The Pointer first saw service with the U.S. Marine Corps in the Persian Gulf War. It is being replaced by the Puma, a development of the Pointer with…

  • Fr (chemical element)

    Francium (Fr), heaviest chemical element of Group 1 (Ia) in the periodic table, the alkali metal group. It exists only in short-lived radioactive forms. Natural francium cannot be isolated in visible, weighable amounts, for only 24.5 grams (0.86 ounce) occur at any time in the entire crust of

  • Fr (physics)

    Froude number (Fr), in hydrology and fluid mechanics, dimensionless quantity used to indicate the influence of gravity on fluid motion. It is generally expressed as Fr = v/(gd)12, in which d is depth of flow, g is the gravitational acceleration (equal to the specific weight of the water divided by

  • FRA (religious organization, United States)

    Lucretia Mott: …in the organization of the Free Religious Association.

  • Frá Bólu, Hjálmar Jónsson (Icelandic poet)

    Hjálmar Jónsson, Icelandic folk poet who was noted for his mastery of the rímur (shorter poetic narratives) and for his brilliant use of satire. Born out of wedlock to a servant girl and a farmhand, Jónsson had little formal education, but he soon became an avid reader of the sagas and Eddas.

  • Fra Diavolo (work by Auber)

    Daniel-Fran?ois-Esprit Auber: …vein is Fra Diavolo (1830; Brother Devil).

  • Fra gutt til mann (work by Vogt)

    Nils Collett Vogt: …works are two autobiographical volumes, Fra gutt til mann (1932; “From Boy to Man”) and Oplevelser (1934; “Experiences”), which are revelatory of both Vogt and his society. The former, in particular, portrays the past as a burdensome present.

  • Fra Kristiania-Bohêmen (novel by J?ger)

    Hans Henrik J?ger: …a sensation with his novel Fra Kristiania-Bohêmen (“From Bohemian Kristiania”), which was confiscated as pornography. The following year, he was sentenced to 60 days in prison for making the work public and 150 more days for printing the volume in Sweden. He avoided part of the sentence by moving to…

  • Fra Lippo Lippi (poem by Browning)

    Fra Lippo Lippi, poem by Robert Browning, published in the two-volume collection Men and Women in 1855. Considered one of Browning’s finest dramatic monologues, “Fra Lippo Lippi” is written in blank verse that allows Browning free expression of colloquial vigour. The poem is loosely based on the

  • Fra Mauro (lunar crater)

    Fra Mauro, crater on the Moon that appears to be heavily eroded; it was named for a 15th-century Italian monk and mapmaker. About 80 km (50 miles) in diameter, Fra Mauro lies at about 6° S, 17° W, in the Nubium Basin (Mare Nubium) impact structure. The name is also applied to the extensive

  • Frabotta, Biancamaria (Italian poet)

    Italian literature: Poetry after World War II: …to more metaphysical monologues, and Biancamaria Frabotta, who combined militant feminism with an elevated lyric diction tending toward the sublime.

  • Fracastoro, Girolamo (Italian physician)

    Girolamo Fracastoro, Italian physician, poet, astronomer, and geologist, who proposed a scientific germ theory of disease more than 300 years before its empirical formulation by Louis Pasteur and Robert Koch. At the University of Padua Fracastoro was a colleague of the astronomer Copernicus. As a

  • fraccing (engineering)

    Fracking, in natural gas and petroleum production, injection of a fluid at high pressure into an underground rock formation in order to open fissures and allow trapped gas or crude oil to flow through a pipe to a wellhead at the surface. Employed in combination with improved techniques for drilling

  • fracing (engineering)

    Fracking, in natural gas and petroleum production, injection of a fluid at high pressure into an underground rock formation in order to open fissures and allow trapped gas or crude oil to flow through a pipe to a wellhead at the surface. Employed in combination with improved techniques for drilling

  • Fracking

    On Jan. 25, 2011, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that Gasland, a documentary about fracking by New York theatre and film director Josh Fox, had been nominated for an Oscar for best documentary feature of 2010. This ignited a war of words between Fox’s supporters on the

  • fracking (engineering)

    Fracking, in natural gas and petroleum production, injection of a fluid at high pressure into an underground rock formation in order to open fissures and allow trapped gas or crude oil to flow through a pipe to a wellhead at the surface. Employed in combination with improved techniques for drilling

  • fractal (mathematics)

    Fractal, in mathematics, any of a class of complex geometric shapes that commonly have “fractional dimension,” a concept first introduced by the mathematician Felix Hausdorff in 1918. Fractals are distinct from the simple figures of classical, or Euclidean, geometry—the square, the circle, the

  • fractal curve (mathematics)

    number game: Pathological curves: A fractal curve, loosely speaking, is one that retains the same general pattern of irregularity regardless of how much it is magnified; von Koch’s snowflake is such a curve. At each stage in its construction, the length of its perimeter increases in the ratio of 4…

  • fractal dimension (mathematics)

    fractal: …a mathematical parameter called its fractal dimension. Unlike Euclidean dimension, fractal dimension is generally expressed by a noninteger—that is to say, by a fraction rather than by a whole number. Fractal dimension can be illustrated by considering a specific example: the snowflake curve defined by Helge von Koch in 1904.…

  • Fractal Geometry of Nature, The (work by Mandelbrot)

    Benoit Mandelbrot: …in his highly successful book The Fractal Geometry of Nature (1982) and in many articles, Mandelbrot’s work is a stimulating mixture of conjecture and observation, both into mathematical processes and their occurrence in nature and in economics. In 1980 he proposed that a certain set governs the behaviour of some…

  • fractile graphical analysis (statistics)

    P.C. Mahalanobis: …devised a statistical method called fractile graphical analysis, which could be used to compare the socioeconomic conditions of different groups of people. He also applied statistics to economic planning for flood control.

  • fraction (mathematics)

    Fraction, In arithmetic, a number expressed as a quotient, in which a numerator is divided by a denominator. In a simple fraction, both are integers. A complex fraction has a fraction in the numerator or denominator. In a proper fraction, the numerator is less than the denominator. If the numerator

  • fraction collector (instrument)

    chromatography: Sample recovery: …driven rotating tray called a fraction collector. Analogous arrangements exist to condense and trap solutes from effluent gas streams. Large samples can be used to prepare relatively large amounts of pure solutes for further manipulation; this is the realm of preparative-scale chromatography.

  • fractional calculus, theory of (mathematics)

    Joseph Liouville: …he created the first comprehensive theory of fractional calculus, the theory that generalizes the meaning of differential and integral operators. This was followed by his theory of integration in finite terms (1832–33), the main goals of which were to decide whether given algebraic functions have integrals that can be expressed…

  • fractional crystallization (geology)

    igneous rock: Bowen’s reaction series: …in the series is by fractional crystallization. In this process, the early-formed minerals are removed from the liquid by gravity (such minerals as olivine and pyroxene are denser than the liquid from which they crystallized), and so unreacted liquid remains later in the series.

  • fractional dimension (mathematics)

    dimension: …Hausdorff introduced the notion of fractional dimension. This concept has proved extremely fruitful, especially in the hands of the Polish-French mathematician Benoit Mandelbrot, who coined the word fractal and showed how fractional dimensions could be useful in many parts of applied mathematics.

  • fractional distillation (chemical process)

    chemical analysis: Distillation: …volatile components in the later fractions. The analyte typically goes through several vaporization-condensation steps prior to arriving at the condenser.

  • Fractional Orbital Bombardment System (missile)

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