Vanderbilt Law Review

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Astronomers tell us that the world began with an explosion, and common sense tells us that it may end with one. Today, the explosion is the symbol of the corruption of knowledge. It has always suggested the devastation of property and the tragedy of death, reminding us that man is never in full control of the forces he has loosed for his material benefit. When accidental explosion became frequent enough for consideration by actuaries, it became a natural subject for insurance. It is proposed here to survey the contractual provisions under which explosion may be insured, and to examine briefly some of the legal problems growing out of these provisions. There are many contracts and many problems; a short paper can only touch the highlights. Others have written at more length on segments of the subject. An effort will be made to avoid covering the same ground.

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