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Chapter 31 Vis Nova (1903-1904) Summary

International unity is threatened by the looming war between Russia and Japan. Hay's plans are in jeopardy, but he is still famous and powerful. On a vacation to recuperate from the stress of his position, he visits the St. Louis Exhibition; Adams accompanies him. The exhibition, full of new technological advances, is as amazing as ever; to Adams, the chaos of education is a dream. His next stop, after this latest visit to the Dynamo, is to Coutinces in France, to see the Virgin. Examining the artistry there, he notices that even in the past, there were signs of the coming complexity - even though the acceleration is only really noticeable now, it had been going on for quite some time, as culture moved away from unity towards complexity. Adams decides to work out a dynamic theory of history.

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