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Taipei 101 Becomes World's Tallest Building

Though its record-breaking height was overtaken by Dubai's Burj Dubai in 2007, Taiwan's Taipei 101 is still officially recognized as the world's tallest building. On Oct 17, 2003, a pinnacle placed on its roof allowed it to surpass the height of the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, by 188 ft (57.2 m). Built in an area often rocked by typhoons and earthquakes, Taipei 101 was designed to withstand strong winds and tremors. What unique features stabilize the tower and counteract swaying?




In his 1897 book Suicide, French sociologist Emile Durkheim introduced his concept of anomie, a social condition characterized by institutional instability, the breakdown of social norms, and a divorce between socially valid goals and available means for achieving them. The alienation, anxiety, and amorality afflicting individuals who live under such conditions is widely believed to result in delinquency, crime, and suicide. How did the Industrial Revolution factor into Durkheim's theory?

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Arthur Miller

Miller was an American dramatist whose plays often deal with morality and the pressures exerted by family and society. The Crucible, one of his most famous works, is a dramatization of the 17th-century Salem witch trials and a parable about the US in the McCarthy era. His masterpiece, Death of a Salesman, was the first play to win a Pulitzer Prize for Drama, a Tony Award for Best Play, and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award. In 1956, Miller married what famous movie star?

Last updated on Friday, 17th October 2008

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