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Cryptonomicon de Neal Stephenson
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Cryptonomicon (1999 original; edició 1999)

de Neal Stephenson (Autor)

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An American computer hacker operating in Southeast Asia attempts to break a World War II cypher to find the location of a missing shipment of gold. The gold was stolen by the Japanese during the war. By the author of The Diamond Age.
Membre:kbert83
Títol:Cryptonomicon
Autors:Neal Stephenson (Autor)
Informació:Avon Books (1999), Edition: 1st, 928 pages
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Cryptonomicon de Neal Stephenson (1999)

Afegit fa poc perArina42, dvgb, mackerelsnapper, Matallica, biblioteca privada, Lindsay_Wallace, Something_Boring, RosanaDR, vanDriessen
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    Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid de Douglas R. Hofstadter (Zaklog)
    Zaklog: Cryptonomicon strikes me as the kind of book that Hofstadter would write if he wrote fiction. Both books are complex, with discursive passages on mathematics and a positively weird sense of humor. If you enjoyed (rather than endured) the explanatory sections on cryptography and the charts of Waterhouse's love life (among other, rarely charted things) you should really like this book.… (més)
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    Pattern Recognition de William Gibson (S_Meyerson)
  4. 100
    The Codebreakers: The Comprehensive History of Secret Communication from Ancient Times to the Internet de David Kahn (grizzly.anderson)
    grizzly.anderson: A great and fairly easy to read history of much of the history and cryptography the novel is based on.
  5. 112
    Anathem de Neal Stephenson (BriarE)
  6. 90
    The Code Book: The Science of Secrecy from Ancient Egypt to Quantum Cryptography de Simon Singh (S_Meyerson)
  7. 70
    Daemon de Daniel Suarez (simon_carr)
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    Secrets and lies : digital security in a networked world de Bruce Schneier (bertilak)
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    The Gone-Away World de Nick Harkaway (ahstrick)
  10. 40
    Logicomix: An Epic Search for Truth de Apostolos Doxiadis (tomduck)
  11. 41
    Reamde de Neal Stephenson (Usuari anònim)
  12. 63
    L'Alienista (Catalan Edition) de Caleb Carr (igorken)
  13. 30
    PopCo de Scarlett Thomas (daysailor, Widsith)
    daysailor: Same kind of edgy writing, intertwining cryptography history with good story-telling
    Widsith: More cryptography and conspiracy and earnest philosophical asides (though Thomas writes women characters a lot better than Stephenson)
  14. 31
    El nom de la rosa de Umberto Eco (LamontCranston)
    LamontCranston: Weaving fact and speculation, history and fiction, mysteries within mysteries
  15. 1716
    Moby Dick de Herman Melville (lorax)
    lorax: Seriously. A big fat book immersing the reader in a bizarre and alien culture, with well-written infodumps on subjects of interest to the narrator interspersed throughout the story. It's a very Stephenson-esque book.
  16. 22
    The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet de David Mitchell (psybre)
  17. 00
    Decoded de Mai Jia (hairball)
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    Battle of Wits: The Complete Story of Codebreaking in World War II de Stephen Budiansky (Busifer)
    Busifer: Many of the events featuring in Stephenson's Cryptonomicon have actually happened and while Budiansky isn't the most eloquent author his book is an interesting companion read.
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    In Code: A Mathematical Journey de Sarah Flannery (bertilak)
  20. 11
    Enigma de Robert Harris (ianturton)
    ianturton: Another fictionalized look at Bletchly Park, shorter and with fewer Americans.

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Brilliant and maddening all at once. Plodding, no discernible plot, some brilliant writing, great characters, dull non-characters. All in the same book! ( )
  ktrout70 | Feb 22, 2021 |
It had been a few years since I'd read anything by Stephenson, so I'd forgotten what a hilarious writer he is. This a rip-roaring adventure tale, set both during World War II and modern times, and it was a hell of a lot of fun to read. This book has actually been on my shelf for a pretty long time, thoroughly untouched because of the sheer length. However, I'm glad I finally got up the nerve to crack it open and read it, because even at 1000 pages it was a brisk and entertaining read. I'm sure I could have finished it weeks ago if not for all of the time I spent getting read to move at the start of the month. Highly recommended, easily in my top 10 for the year even this early on. ( )
1 vota unsquare | Feb 16, 2021 |
Needs editing

It's too long. (Spoilers) And modeling inheritance with the knapsack problem seemed very strange to me. Also the way Randy confirmed coordinates with GD could have been done more securely. But to keep it short I really didn't start to like it until after more than 500 pages in.
  hafsteinn | Feb 2, 2021 |
I gave this 10 hours on audio (out of about 42). It's not bad, there's just not enough of a coherent story to make me spend another 32 hours listening to it. It's like a bunch of vignettes put together using the same characters and some of the same topics. Stephenson seems to like to start off a scene, refer to something in the scene and then go off on a tangent about it with some cool/interesting/fun backstory, then come back to what was happening and then do it again. It's probably why the book is like 800 pages (42 hours). It's entertaining, but then the scene ends and I'm left thinking, "Wait, did that advance the story at all? What really happened?"

This type of book almost seems like it was written as a "challenge". A challenge to the reader to try to keep track of what's going on and who's who and also a challenge to the writer to write a monstrous epic full of tiny details and minutiae. Like he's trying to mimic Pynchon's style. So if you're into that I definitely suggest it, for me it's more like something I might try once I retire and have the time to invest in it. ( )
  ragwaine | Jan 10, 2021 |
Cryptonomicon is also a mirror though which we darkly consider our recent past, except instead of how DeLillo gives us the flip-side of our material successes (the world of “Just What Is It That Makes Today’s Home So Different, So Appealing?”) in muck and mire, Stephenson focuses on information, on the immaterial. He is interested in how its structures structure our lives. More than this, if the ‘darkside’ parallel is to be valid, then just as the structure of information in the 20th century is such that openness and freedom of digital movement are the ideals held up by theorists and advocates, Cryptonomicon astutely shows that this is more often than not perverted by those who wish to dominate via information and technologies of communication.

With the Baroque Cycle (a trilogy, which serve as a kind of prelude rather than a prequel to Cryptonomicon, which he subsequently penned), Stephenson gives us what amounts to a secret history of the immaterial’s ascendancy, which shows that the material world was predicated on this world that was accessible only to those with the particular inclination to learn the language of the universe, maths and physics. Where Don De Lillo's Underworld is about burying the implications of our approach to living in the world, of using our skills, ideas, tools to alter our surroundings, Cryptonomicon gives us that which we haven’t even repressed as we don’t know enough about it. Encryption is the key to the whole other side of the bright, shiny story that is peddled out so often by the corporate histories (that not infrequently becomes academic and popular history). Not all the information that is out there is available to us, and we do not make all our own information available to others. Stephenson brings us to the point where we can ask ourselves, should everything be available to all?

More here: http://wetwiring.wordpress.com/2011/10/26/information-and-stuff-stephenson-and-d... ( )
  agtgibson | Jan 5, 2021 |
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You'd think such a web of narratives would be hard to follow. Certainly, it's difficult to summarize. But Stephenson, whose science-fiction novels Snow Crash (1992) and The Diamond Age (1995) have been critical and commercial successes despite difficult plotting, has made a quantum jump here as a writer. In addition to his bravura style and interesting authorial choices (Stephenson tells each of his narratives in the present tense, regardless of when they occur chronologically), the book is so tightly plotted that you never lose the thread.

But Stephenson is not an author who's content just to tell good stories. Throughout the book, he takes on the task of explaining the relatively abstruse technical disciplines surrounding cryptology, almost always in ways that a reasonably intelligent educated adult can understand. As I read the book I marked in the margins where Stephenson found opportunities to explain the number theory that underlies modern cryptography; "traffic analysis" (deriving military intelligence from where and when messages are sent and received, without actually decoding them); steganography (hiding secret messages within other, non-secret communications); the electronics of computer monitors (and the security problems created by those monitors); the advantages to Unix-like operating systems compared to Windows or the Mac OS; the theory of monetary systems; and the strategies behind high-tech business litigation. Stephenson assumes that his readers are capable of learning the complex underpinnings of modern technological life.
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Stephenson, Nealautor primaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Bonnefoy, JeanTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Dufris, WilliamNarradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Gräbener-Müller, JulianeTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Pannofino, GianniTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Peck, KellanDissenyadorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Stingl, NikolausTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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"There is a remarkably close parallel between the problems of the physicist and those of the cryptographer. The system on which a message is enciphered corresponds to the laws of the universe, the intercepted messages to the evidence available, the keys for a day or a message to important constants which have to be determined. The correspondence is very close, but the subject matter of cryptography is very easily dealt with by discrete machinery, physics not so easily." —Alan Turing
This morning [Imelda Marcos] offered the latest in a series of explanations of the billions of dollars that she and her husband, who died in 1989, are believed to have stolen during his presidency.
"It so coincided that Marcos had money," she said. "After the Bretton Woods agreement he started buying gold from Fort Knox. Three thousand tons, then 4,000 tons. I have documents for these: 7,000 tons. Marcos was so smart. He had it all. It's funny; America didn't understand him." —The New York Times, Monday, 4 March, 1996
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He is disappointed because he has solved the problem, and has gone back to the baseline state of boredom and low-level irritation that always comes over him when he's not doing something that inherently needs to be done, like picking a lock or breaking a code.
The ineffable talent for finding patterns in chaos cannot do its thing unless he immerses himself in the chaos first.
This conspiracy thing is going to be a real pain in the ass if it means backing down from casual fistfights.
LET’S SET THE existence-of-God issue aside for a later volume, and just stipulate that in some way, self-replicating organisms came into existence on this planet and immediately began trying to get rid of each other, either by spamming their environments with rough copies of themselves, or by more direct means which hardly need to be belabored. Most of them failed, and their genetic legacy was erased from the universe forever, but a few found some way to survive and to propagate. After about three billion years of this sometimes zany, frequently tedious fugue of carnality and carnage, Godfrey Waterhouse IV was born, in Murdo, South Dakota, to Blanche, the wife of a Congregational preacher named Bunyan Waterhouse. Like every other creature on the face of the earth, Godfrey was, by birthright, a stupendous badass, albeit in the somewhat narrow technical sense that he could trace his ancestry back up a long line of slightly less highly evolved stupendous badasses to that first self-replicating gizmo—which, given the number and variety of its descendants, might justifiably be described as the most stupendous badass of all time. Everyone and everything that wasn’t a stupendous badass was dead.
Randy is a little bit turned around, but eventually homes in on a dimly heard electronic cacophony—digitized voices prophesying war—and emerges into the mall’s food court.
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