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In discussion of counterfactual history, a point of divergence (POD) is a historical event, with two possible postulated outcomes. Typically these represent the actual course of historical events (Napoleon lost the Battle of Waterloo) and another, such as Napoleon won the Battle of Waterloo. Virtual history, also referred to as counterfactual history, is a form of history which seeks to explore history and historical processes from the point of view of extrapolating a position in which certain key historical events did not happen or had an outcome which was different to that which did... For other uses, see Napoleon (disambiguation). ... Map of the Waterloo campaign The Battle of Waterloo, fought on June 18, 1815, was Napoleon Bonapartes last battle. ...

In alternative history fiction, the POD is used as the starting point for the extrapolation. For instance, in Philip K. Dick's The Man in the High Castle, the point of divergence is Franklin D. Roosevelt's assassination in 1933. Alternative history or alternate history is fiction that is set in a world in which history has diverged from history as it is generally known; more simply put, alternate history asks the question, What If?. Most works that employ this rubric are set in factful historical contexts, yet feature several... In mathematics, extrapolation is a type of interpolation. ... Philip K. Dick Philip Kindred Dick (December 16, 1928 – March 2, 1982), often known by his initials PKD, or by the pen name Richard Phillips, was an American science fiction writer and novelist who changed the genre profoundly. ... 1981 Berkley cover of The Man in the High Castle The Man in the High Castle is a 1962 alternative history novel by science fiction writer Philip K. Dick. ... Order: 32th President Vice President: John N. Garner Henry A. Wallace Harry S. Truman Term of office: March 4, 1933 – April 12, 1945 Preceded by: Herbert Hoover Succeeded by: Harry S. Truman Date of birth: January 30, 1882 Place of birth: Hyde Park, New York Date of death: April 12... Jack Ruby murdered the alleged assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, in a very public manner. ... 1933 was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ...

The multiverse theory posits that PODs are occurring all the time, with an infinite variety of possible outcomes that each creates a universe, this having been used as a premise to the 1990s US television series Sliders. The idea that the universe that we can observe is only part of the whole physical reality led to the definition of multiverse, the set of multiple possible universes. ... Events and trends The 1990s are generally classified as having moved slightly away from the more conservative 1980s, but keeping the same mind-set. ... US,Us or us may stand for the United States of America us, the oblique case form of the English language pronoun we. ... A television program is the content of television broadcasting. ... The original cast of Sliders. ...

There is also an amateur press association for Alternate History fiction and the discussion of topics related to it called Point of Divergence. [1] An Amateur Press Association or APA is a group of people who produce individual pages or magazines that are sent to a Central Mailer for collation and distribution to all members of the group. ...

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Divergence - definition of Divergence in Encyclopedia (559 words)
In vector calculus, the divergence is an operator that measures a vector field's tendency to originate from or converge upon a given point.
For instance, for a vector field that denotes the velocity of water flowing in a draining bathtub, the divergence would have a negative value over the drain because the water vanishes there (if we only consider two dimensions); away from the drain the divergence would be zero, since there are no other sinks or sources.
In physical terms, the divergence of a vector field is the extent to which the vector field flow behaves like a source or a sink at a given point.
EH.Net Encyclopedia: Gold Standard (3013 words)
Not applicable; "the United States dollarÂ…constituted the central point of reference in the whole post-war stabilization effort and was throughout the period of stabilization at par with gold." -- Brown (1940, p.
It is important to note what induces the private sector to engage in gold-point arbitrage: (1) the profit motive; and (2) the credibility of the commitment to (a) the fixed gold price and (b) freedom of foreign exchange and gold transactions, on the part of the monetary authorities of both countries.
The gold points and the spread may be expressed as percentages of parity.
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