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The System of the World (2004)

de Neal Stephenson

Altres autors: Nick Springer (Cartographer)

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Sèrie: The Baroque Cycle (Vol. III, Books 6-8)

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The world is a most confused and unsteady place ?? especially London, center of finance, innovation, and conspiracy ?? in the year 1714, when Daniel Waterhouse makes his less-than-triumphant return to England's shores. Aging Puritan and Natural Philosopher, confidant of the high and mighty and contemporary of the most brilliant minds of the age, he has braved the merciless sea and an assault by the infamous pirate Blackbeard to help mend the rift between two adversarial geniuses at a princess's behest. But while much has changed outwardly, the duplicity and danger that once drove Daniel to the American Colonies is still coin of the British realm.

No sooner has Daniel set foot on his homeland when he is embroiled in a dark conflict that has been raging in the shadows for decades. It is a secret war between the brilliant, enigmatic Master of the Mint and closet alchemist Isaac Newton and his archnemesis, the insidious counterfeiter Jack the Coiner, a.k.a. Jack Shaftoe, King of the Vagabonds. Hostilities are suddenly moving to a new and more volatile level, as Half-Cocked Jack plots a daring assault on the Tower itself, aiming for nothing less than the total corruption of Britain's newborn monetary system.

Unbeknownst to all, it is love that set the Coiner on his traitorous course; the desperate need to protect the woman of his heart ?? the remarkable Eliza, Duchess of Arcachon-Qwghlm ?? from those who would destroy her should he fail. Meanwhile, Daniel Waterhouse and his Clubb of unlikely cronies comb city and country for clues to the identity of the blackguard who is attempting to blow up Natural Philosophers with Infernal Devices ?? as political factions jockey for position while awaiting the impending death of the ailing queen; as the "holy grail" of alchemy, the key to life eternal, tantalizes and continues to elude Isaac Newton, yet is closer than he ever imagined; as the greatest technological innovation in history slowly takes shape in Waterhouse's manufactory.

Everything that was will be changed forever ...

The System of the World is the concluding volume in Neal Stephenson's Baroque Cycle, begun with Quicksilver and continued in
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  freixas | Mar 31, 2023 |
I loved it. Now that I've finished i will be depressed till I find something that grabs me as much as this series. ( )
  NachoSeco | Oct 10, 2022 |
I'm going to miss this series. ( )
  cypher2048 | Oct 12, 2021 |
As a whole, a slower finish to the trilogy than I'd expected, and in true Neal Stephenson fashion, the actual ending was more abrupt than I'd have liked... but still, I set this one down sorry to have it over. Way too clever in places, but I expected nothing less from him. Now I have to go and look to see what parts of the setting were historically accurate and which were made up. ( )
  qBaz | May 28, 2021 |
Wonderful book. This series is a multi-faceted jewel of historical and technological trends through the Baroque period. The combination of interesting original and historical characters draws you in and captivates you with their shared history and evolution. ( )
  jugglebird | Feb 18, 2021 |
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Neal Stephenson spent nearly 2,000 pages setting his convergent plots into motion in The System of the World, and they all collide brilliantly in the third and final installment of his Baroque Cycle.
 
"Learned, violent, sarcastic, and profound: a glorious finish to one of the most ambitious epics of recent years."
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Stephenson, Nealautor primaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Springer, NickCartographerautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Aquan, RichardDissenyador de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Gräbener-Müller, JulianeÜbersetzerautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Maestro, Laura HartmanGlobe illustrationautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Sarkar, ShubhaniDissenyadorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Stingl, NikolausÜbersetzerautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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But first whom shall we send
In search of this new world, whom shall we find
Sufficient? Who shall tempt with wandring feet
The dark unbottom'd infinite Abyss
And through the palpable obscure find out
His uncouth way, or spread his aerie flight
Upborn with indefatigable wings
Over the vast abrupt, ere he arrive
The happy Ile...
— Milton, Paradise Lost
There was the usual amount of corruption, intimidation, and rioting.

— Sir Charles Petrie, describing a Parliamentary election of the era.
It remains that, from the same principles, I now demonstrate the frame of the System of the World.

— Newton, Principia Mathematica
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The world is a most confused and unsteady place ?? especially London, center of finance, innovation, and conspiracy ?? in the year 1714, when Daniel Waterhouse makes his less-than-triumphant return to England's shores. Aging Puritan and Natural Philosopher, confidant of the high and mighty and contemporary of the most brilliant minds of the age, he has braved the merciless sea and an assault by the infamous pirate Blackbeard to help mend the rift between two adversarial geniuses at a princess's behest. But while much has changed outwardly, the duplicity and danger that once drove Daniel to the American Colonies is still coin of the British realm.

No sooner has Daniel set foot on his homeland when he is embroiled in a dark conflict that has been raging in the shadows for decades. It is a secret war between the brilliant, enigmatic Master of the Mint and closet alchemist Isaac Newton and his archnemesis, the insidious counterfeiter Jack the Coiner, a.k.a. Jack Shaftoe, King of the Vagabonds. Hostilities are suddenly moving to a new and more volatile level, as Half-Cocked Jack plots a daring assault on the Tower itself, aiming for nothing less than the total corruption of Britain's newborn monetary system.

Unbeknownst to all, it is love that set the Coiner on his traitorous course; the desperate need to protect the woman of his heart ?? the remarkable Eliza, Duchess of Arcachon-Qwghlm ?? from those who would destroy her should he fail. Meanwhile, Daniel Waterhouse and his Clubb of unlikely cronies comb city and country for clues to the identity of the blackguard who is attempting to blow up Natural Philosophers with Infernal Devices ?? as political factions jockey for position while awaiting the impending death of the ailing queen; as the "holy grail" of alchemy, the key to life eternal, tantalizes and continues to elude Isaac Newton, yet is closer than he ever imagined; as the greatest technological innovation in history slowly takes shape in Waterhouse's manufactory.

Everything that was will be changed forever ...

The System of the World is the concluding volume in Neal Stephenson's Baroque Cycle, begun with Quicksilver and continued in

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