Verniana — Jules Verne Studies / Etudes Jules Verne — Volume 2 (2009–2010) — 1–10

Spherical Geometry in Mirifiques aventures de maître Antifer

Garmt de Vries-Uiterweerd


The geometry behind the plot of Jules Verne’s novel Mirifiques aventures de maître Antifer (a treasure hidden on an island that lies at the circumcentre of three other islands) is studied. The location of the final treasure island as given by Verne is about 100 km away from the location that is found using vector algebra. It can be concluded that Verne did in fact use the method he describes in the novel, drawing lines on a globe.

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