The System of the World

The System of the World

Book - 2005 | First edition
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England, 1714. London has long been home to 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. Hostilities are suddenly moving to a new and more volatile level as Half-Cocked Jack hatches a daring plan, aiming for the total corruption of Britain's newborn monetary system.

Enter Daniel Waterhouse: Aging Puritan and Natural Philosopher, Daniel has been on a long and harrowing quest to help mend the rift between adversarial geniuses. As Daniel combs city and country for clues to the identity of the blackguard who is attempting to blow up Natural Philosophers, political factions jockey for position while awaiting the impending death of the ailing queen, and the "holy grail" of alchemy, the key to life eternal, tantalizes and continues to elude Isaac Newton.

As Newton, Waterhouse, and Shaftoe each circle closer to the object of Daniel's quest, everything that was will be changed forever ...

This P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more.

Publisher: New York :, Harper Perennial,, 2005
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2004
ISBN: 9780060750862
Branch Call Number: F STE
Characteristics: xv, 892 pages : maps ; 21 cm


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Jan 06, 2016

Some books just hit you in your sweet spot. All three books in the Baroque Cycle were magnificent--if you love dark humor, English history, wordplay, and vast sweeping sagas, this is 3000+ pages of pure bliss

TutorialSmith Sep 02, 2015

Years after putting down The Confusion I took a trip to the UK and decided I should download The System of the World and finally finish the series. I'm very glad I did! Such a massive undertaking to somehow wrap up this long and winding series, but Stephenson did it well and I came away feeling satisfied.

Dec 05, 2009

Not a bad book, but the ending is a disappointing end to a fun series.

(This book also deserved a hack and slash edit, but that's beside the point)

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