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Featured article: May 19, 2006

Henry James (1905)
Henry James was an American-born author and literary critic of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He spent much of his life in Europe and became a British subject shortly before his death. He is primarily known for novels, novellas and short stories based on themes of consciousness. James contributed significantly to the criticism of fiction, particularly in his insistence that writers be allowed the greatest freedom possible in presenting their view of the world. His imaginative use of point of view, interior monologue and possibly unreliable narrators in his own novels and tales brought a new depth and interest to narrative fiction. An extraordinarily productive writer, he published substantive books of travel writing, biography, autobiography and visual arts criticism. (More...)

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Changing views of spacetime along the world line of a rapidly accelerating observer.

This animation shows the changing views of spacetime along the world line (the dashed line) of a rapidly accelerating observer under the special theory of relativity, proposed by Albert Einstein in 1905. The vertical direction indicates time and the horizontal direction indicates distance, and the dots on the world line are spaced at regular proper time intervals. The diagonal lines show the particle's light cone at that time. The other dots are random events.

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Featured list: List of elements by symbol

This is a list of chemical elements by symbol, including the current symbols used to identify the chemical elements as recognized by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, as well as proposed and historical symbols. Also given is each element's atomic number, atomic mass or most stable isotope, group and period numbers on the periodic table, and origin of the symbol if not obvious from the current name of the element.

Chemical series of the periodic table
Alkali metals Alkaline earth metals Lanthanides Actinides Transition metals
Poor metals Metalloids Nonmetals Halogens Noble gases

Current Symbols

Symbol Name Origin of Symbol Atomic Number Atomic Mass Group Period
Ac Actinium Greek aktinos 89 [227][1]   7
Ag Silver Latin argentum 47 107.8682(2)[2] 11 5
Al Aluminium (Aluminum) Latin alumen 13 26.9815386(8) 13 3
Am Americium the Americas 95 [243][1]   7
Ar Argon Greek argon 18 39.948(1)[2] [3] 18 3

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