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Pythagoras' Revenge by Arturo Sangalli

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Chapter 19

WITH A LITTLE HELP FROMYOUR SISTER

The winter of 1997–98 had been unusually mild and wet around the world, a climate anomaly that meteorologists blamed on the presence of a warm current in the eastern Pacific Ocean known as El Niño. In the Chicago area, the gray, rainy weather had persisted well after spring had set in, but there was not a single cloud in sight the morning of April 15, when Jule and Laura met with Trench and Richter to discuss the state of the Pythagoras search operation. That same morning, one thousand kilometers away, Johanna Davidson was driving from Boston to Montreal to attend a much anticipated mathematics lecture at McGill University.

They were meeting in the Temple’s Council Room, where the Order’s highest ...

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