Quicksilver by Neal Stephenson - PDF and EPUB eBook

(The Baroque Cycle #1)
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An unexpected byproduct of CRYPTONOMICON that ended up taking over my life for a number of years. As I was finishing...

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Details of Quicksilver

Exact title of the book
Quicksilver
Book series
The Baroque Cycle #1
Book author
Neal Stephenson
Book edition
Hardcover
Number of pages
927 pages
Language
English
Published
October 2nd 2003 by William Heinemann
File size (in PDF)
3708 kB
Quicksilver

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An unexpected byproduct of CRYPTONOMICON that ended up taking over my life for a number of years. As I was finishing CRYPTONOMICON, I had two chance conversations with old friends. One was with George Dyson, author of DARWIN AMONG THE MACHINES, in which he talks about the deep roots of computing in the work of Leibniz at the dawn of the Scientific Revolution.

The other was with Steven Horst, who mentioned Isaac Newton's tenure at the Royal Mint and his obsession with alchemy. Of interest to me was that CRYPTONOMICON had been all about computing, codes, and gold. The fact that Leibniz and Newton were at war with each other for most of their careers suggested it was a fertile source of plot.

I made a spur-of-the-moment decision that I would write a prequel set around the time of the birth of the Royal Society. The tale grew in the telling, as the saying goes, and it ended up being a trilogy: QUICKSILVER, THE CONFUSION, and THE SYSTEM OF THE WORLD, bound and sold separately. -nealstephenson.com.