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Antoine Lavoisier Tried, Convicted, and Guillotined

Lavoisier was a French nobleman known today as the "father of modern chemistry." He stated the first version of the Law of Conservation of Mass, co-discovered and named oxygen, wrote the first detailed list of elements, and introduced the metric system. Lavoisier also worked to improve economic and social conditions in France, holding various government posts. He was beheaded during the Reign of Terror because, as a member of the farmers general, one of his duties was to do what?



The Great Chain of Being

This classical and Western medieval conception of the order of the universe is composed of myriad hierarchical links that organize all things—from the most basic, matter-based elements to purely spiritual beings—into a structured system. Each level of the hierarchy moves closer to perfection, incorporating the positive attributes of the previous link as well as at least one other. Angels surpass humans, and they, in turn, are surpassed by God or the "prime mover." What is at the lowest level?

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Miyoshi Umeki

Miyoshi Umeki was an Academy Award-winning, Japanese-born actress best known for her roles as Katsumi in the 1957 film Sayonara and as Mrs. Livingston, the housekeeper in the TV series The Courtship of Eddie's Father. In 1958, she won an Oscar for her role in Sayonara and became the first Asian performer to win an Academy Award. She also played the role of Mei Li in both the Broadway and film versions of Flower Drum Song. Where did Umeki begin her performing career?

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