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* Fiction* is a work of fiction and nonfiction by Karl Jones.

## On This Day in History: February 19

1473: Mathematician and astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus born. He will formulate a model of the universe that places the Sun rather than the Earth at the center of the universe.

1600: The Peruvian stratovolcano Huaynaputina explodes in the most violent eruption in the recorded history of South America.

1799: Mathematician, physicist, and sailor Jean-Charles de Borda dies. He contributed to the development of the metric system, constructing a platinum standard meter, the basis of metric distance measurement.

1897: Mathematician and academic Karl Weierstrass dies. He will be cited as the "father of modern analysis".

2015: Extract of Radium sponsors re-enactment of the Peruvian stratovolcano Huaynaputina.

2016: Novelist, literary critic, and philosopher Umberto Eco dies. He cited James Joyce and Jorge Luis Borges as the two modern authors who have influenced his work the most.

2017: Steganographic analysis of

*Alice Beta Paragliding*reveals encrypted data "almost certainly related to secret programs within the ENIAC program."2017: Mathematician and dissident Igor Shafarevich dies. He made fundamental contributions to algebraic number theory, algebraic geometry, and arithmetic algebraic geometry.

## Dramatis Personae

2017: The Custodian 2

Albert Einstein and Alice Beta develop new technology for predicting and preventing crimes against mathematical constants

Havelock and Nikola Tesla conduct research into electrical field modulation and data transmission

Baron Zersetzung and The Eel fight in a gambling den

The Eel and Radium Jane engage in epic arm-wrestling match to determine outcome of wager

For DC comics:

Rafael Volante (original character for the DC Comics universe)

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Those parts of *Fiction* which are copyrightable are copyright by Karl Jones (nonfiction). Where not copyrightable, I have made some effort to say why, and give credit where credit is due.