The Great Work (Latin: Magnum opus) is an alchemical term for the process of working with the prima materia to create the philosopher's stone. It has been used to describe personal and spiritual transmutation in the Hermetic tradition, attached to laboratory processes and chemical color changes, used as a model for the individuation process, and as a device in art and literature. The magnum opus has been carried forward in New Age and neo-Hermetic movements which sometimes attached new symbolism and significance to the processes. The original process philosophy has four stages:
The magnum opus had a variety of alchemical symbols attached to it. Birds like the raven, swan, and phoenix could be used to represent the progression through the colors. Similar color changes could be seen in the laboratory, where for example, the blackness of rotting, burnt, or fermenting matter would be associated with nigredo.
Some alchemists also circulated steps for the creation of practical medicines and substances, that have little to do with the magnum opus. The cryptic and often symbolic language used to describe both adds to the confusion, but it's clear that there is no single standard step-by-step recipe given for the creation of the philosopher's stone.
You may recognize magnum (meaning \"great\") as a Latin word that shows up in altered forms in several English words, and perhaps you can also come up with a few words that are related to opus (\"work\"). Magnitude, magnanimous, opulent, and operate are some obvious relations of the two. Magnum opus, which entered English in the 18th century, retains the original Latin spelling and the literal meaning \"great work.\" Although the term most often refers to literary, musical, or artistic productions, it has been used to describe many kinds of great works, including games, construction projects, and even surgical techniques.
The Latin plural magna opera may be preferred in some academic and literary contexts; in popular usage the English-style plural magnum opuses is more common. The plural magnum opi, although rare and likely regarded as incorrect in formal works, does see some use.
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One of the roundest and most succesful of a genre known by many names: crossover english, americanized english (ha!), English plus, kitchen sink blend, etc. Not my favorite type of blend, maybe because they often miss the mark for me, with a few notable exceptions. Magnum opus is firmly in that category, along with Potlatch, And So to Bed, Artisan blend, and Bengal Slices. The exceptions are testaments to the skill of the blender. However, when not so skillfully done, blends such as this can easily become muddled, heavy, confused, and unharmonius. There is none of that here. Magnum Opus presents a unified flavor profile that is well integrated. It is Latakia driven, with much barbecue-ey sweetness and tang. The oriental component is blissful, the trademark yenidje soda flavor evident, which i love. I dont remember being as impressed with this previously as i am now, so perhaps a year or so aging has brought something out in it. Equally possible is that my tastes have changed or my memory isnt what it could be. What i know for sure is that this is a 4 star blend, very reminiscent of Bengal Slices flavoring, but much better, softer, and with the added benefit of those beautiful orientals, and a whisper of the plummy sort of perique. My tin is quite dry now, and smokes beautifully. Sipped slowly in a cob it is magical when i draw some outside air into each breath. If pushed it becomes bitter. All the more reason to take it slowly and enjoy. This is what Frog Morton seeks to be, but doesnt achieve. A sweet, round, fragrant and rich latakia mixture.
Magnum opus is a true medium based English. The Latakia is forefront but not overpowering in this blend. The orientals are noted throughout this blend and the Perique is very mild. The tin note is a good leathery note much like many good English blends have. The tobacco is just right for my liking from the tin and did not require any drying out. This blend smoked very smooth and was very enjoyable. I would say this is a medium English I would highly recommend this to people just getting in to English blends.
Victor McKusick's many contributions to medicine are legendary, but his magnum opus is Mendelian Inheritance in Man (MIM), his catalog of Mendelian phenotypes and their associated genes. The catalog, originally published in 1966 in book form, became available on the internet as Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM) in 1987. The first of 12 editions of MIM included 1486 entries; this number has increased to over 25,000 entries in OMIM as of April 2021, which demonstrates the growth of knowledge about Mendelian phenotypes and their genes through the years. OMIM now has over 20,000 unique users a day, including users from every country in the world. Many of the early decisions made by McKusick, such as to maintain MIM data in a computer-readable format, to separate phenotype entries from those for genes, and to give phenotypes and genes MIM numbers, have proved essential to the long-term utility and flexibility of his catalog. Based on his extensive knowledge of genetics and vision of its future in the field of medicine, he developed a framework for the capture and summary of information from the published literature on phenotypes and their associated genes; this catalog continues to serve as an indispensable resource to the genetics community. 781b155fdc