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Cryptonomicon door Neal Stephenson
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Cryptonomicon (origineel 1999; editie 2002)

door Neal Stephenson (Auteur)

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Neal Stephenson hacks into the secret histories of nations and the private obsessions of men, decrypting with dazzling virtuosity the forces that shaped this century.

In 1942, Lawrence Pritchard Waterhouse - mathematical genius and young Captain in the U.S. Navy - is assigned to Detachment 2702. It is an outfit so secret that only a handful of people know it exists, and some of those people have names like Churchill and Roosevelt. The mission of Waterhouse and Detachment 2702 - commanded by Marine Raider Bobby Shaftoe - is to keep the Nazis ignorant of the fact that Allied Intelligence has cracked the enemy's fabled Enigma code. It is a game, a cryptographic chess match between Waterhouse and his German counterpart, translated into action by the gung-ho Shaftoe and his forces.

Fast-forward to the present, where Waterhouse's crypto-hacker grandson, Randy, is attempting to create a "data haven" in Southeast Asia - a place where encrypted data can be stored and exchanged free of repression and scrutiny. As governments and multinationals attack the endeavor, Randy joins forces with Shaftoe's tough-as-nails granddaughter, Amy, to secretly salvage a sunken Nazi submarine that holds the key to keeping the dream of a data haven afloat.

But soon their scheme brings to light a massive conspiracy, with its roots in Detachment 2702, linked to an unbreakable Nazi code called Arethusa. And it will represent the path to unimaginable riches and a future of personal and digital liberty...or to universal totalitarianism reborn.

A breathtaking tour de force, and Neal Stephenson's Cryptonomicon is profound and prophetic, hypnotic and hyper-driven, as it leaps forward and back between World War II and the World Wide Web, hinting all the while at a dark day-after-tomorrow. It is a work of great art, thought, and creative daring.

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Lid:AlkaF
Titel:Cryptonomicon
Auteurs:Neal Stephenson (Auteur)
Info:Avon Books (2002), 1168 pages
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Cryptonomicon door Neal Stephenson (1999)

  1. 222
    Het babelvirus door Neal Stephenson (moonstormer)
  2. 152
    Gödel, Escher, Bach: een eeuwige gouden band door Douglas 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.… (meer)
  3. 110
    The Codebreakers door 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.
  4. 100
    Beeld voor beeld door William Gibson (S_Meyerson)
  5. 90
    Code de wedloop tussen makers en brekers van geheime codes en cijferschrift door Simon Singh (S_Meyerson)
  6. 112
    Anathem door Neal Stephenson (BriarE)
  7. 70
    Daemon door Daniel Suarez (simon_carr)
  8. 61
    Secrets and lies : digital security in a networked world door Bruce Schneier (bertilak)
  9. 40
    Logicomix door Apostolos Doxiadis (tomduck)
  10. 40
    The Gone-Away World door Nick Harkaway (ahstrick)
  11. 30
    PopCo door 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)
  12. 41
    De naam van de roos door Umberto Eco (LamontCranston)
    LamontCranston: Weaving fact and speculation, history and fiction, mysteries within mysteries
  13. 41
    Reamde door Neal Stephenson (Anonieme gebruiker)
  14. 53
    De ontmaskering door Caleb Carr (igorken)
  15. 11
    Enigma door Robert Harris (ianturton)
    ianturton: Another fictionalized look at Bletchly Park, shorter and with fewer Americans.
  16. 00
    Battle of Wits: The Complete Story of Codebreaking in World War II door 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.
  17. 1616
    Moby Dick door 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.
  18. 22
    De niet verhoorde gebeden van Jacob de Zoet door David Mitchell (psybre)
  19. 00
    Decoded door Mai Jia (hairball)
  20. 00
    Join door Steve Toutonghi (jbizroe)

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Het boek is erg lijvig, 1085 pagina´s. Dat trok me aan toen ik het aankocht. Op een of andere manier grijp ik steeds naar de dikke pillen. Ook het onderwerp sprak me meteen aan, maar toch heb ik het boek nooit uitgelezen. Slechter nog, ik raakte slechts tot pagina 205 (het touwtje steekt er nog tussen).
In het boek komen erg veel wiskundige uiteenzettingen voor en daar knapte ik een beetje op af vrees ik. Toch heb ik het boek nooit weggedaan, ondanks het vele verhuizen. Dat betekent dat ik het vroeg of laat weer ter hand ga nemen, want het onderwerp blijft me mateloos boeien...
Om in één spannend verhaal de menselijke psyche, wiskunde, culturele tradities en high -tech computeruiteenzettingen te verweven moet je een groot schrijver zijn.
Het ontbreekt me alleen aan doorzettingsvermogen om me er doorheen te worstelen.
  boekendief | Jul 6, 2008 |
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.
toegevoegd door SnootyBaronet | bewerkReason, Mike Godwin (Feb 20, 1999)
 

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Stephenson, Nealprimaire auteuralle editiesbevestigd
Bonnefoy, JeanVertalerSecundaire auteursommige editiesbevestigd
Dufris, WilliamVertellerSecundaire auteursommige editiesbevestigd
Gräbener-Müller, JulianeVertalerSecundaire auteursommige editiesbevestigd
Pannofino, GianniVertalerSecundaire auteursommige editiesbevestigd
Peck, KellanOntwerperSecundaire auteursommige editiesbevestigd
Stingl, NikolausVertalerSecundaire auteursommige editiesbevestigd
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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
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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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Fiction. Science Fiction. Historical Fiction. HTML:

Neal Stephenson hacks into the secret histories of nations and the private obsessions of men, decrypting with dazzling virtuosity the forces that shaped this century.

In 1942, Lawrence Pritchard Waterhouse - mathematical genius and young Captain in the U.S. Navy - is assigned to Detachment 2702. It is an outfit so secret that only a handful of people know it exists, and some of those people have names like Churchill and Roosevelt. The mission of Waterhouse and Detachment 2702 - commanded by Marine Raider Bobby Shaftoe - is to keep the Nazis ignorant of the fact that Allied Intelligence has cracked the enemy's fabled Enigma code. It is a game, a cryptographic chess match between Waterhouse and his German counterpart, translated into action by the gung-ho Shaftoe and his forces.

Fast-forward to the present, where Waterhouse's crypto-hacker grandson, Randy, is attempting to create a "data haven" in Southeast Asia - a place where encrypted data can be stored and exchanged free of repression and scrutiny. As governments and multinationals attack the endeavor, Randy joins forces with Shaftoe's tough-as-nails granddaughter, Amy, to secretly salvage a sunken Nazi submarine that holds the key to keeping the dream of a data haven afloat.

But soon their scheme brings to light a massive conspiracy, with its roots in Detachment 2702, linked to an unbreakable Nazi code called Arethusa. And it will represent the path to unimaginable riches and a future of personal and digital liberty...or to universal totalitarianism reborn.

A breathtaking tour de force, and Neal Stephenson's Cryptonomicon is profound and prophetic, hypnotic and hyper-driven, as it leaps forward and back between World War II and the World Wide Web, hinting all the while at a dark day-after-tomorrow. It is a work of great art, thought, and creative daring.

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