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I don't possess the eloquence necessary to adequately compliment Stephenson's work in Anathem. This is a hefty tome (like much of his work) but it's a real page-turner, and he... Read morePublished 6 days ago by JD
I absolutely enjoyed it. Though a little tangled and sometimes over-wordish, it is a gem of modern intellectual literature full of original ideas. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Tony
The plot is very good but the book takes too long to bring it into focus. The first half of the book was not worth the read but the second half was a good read and enlightening. Read morePublished 9 days ago by A Butterfly Incognito
Great story story as well as an interesting discussion on philosophy. Very enjoyed read, but one that I would caution to others, if you aren't willing to go through at times... Read morePublished 10 days ago by Logan Gallaway
Read it a couple times - still wrapping my head around some of the concepts. Very interesting book, good re-read value.Published 19 days ago by Will England, Overland Park KS
Typical Neal Stephenson: Great! Thought provoking, fresh perspective. Starts really knocking your socks off at about three quarters of the way through the book. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Steve B.
Neal Stephenson is my favorite author because of this book and Cryptonomicon. He's a brilliant guy and he's incredibly funny. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Joe R.
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|Teglon (for those who have read the book)||
No. The message was an analemma (the figure eight on the cover). Orolo sent the analemma by tracing it out in the sky with the guide lasers for the directional telescope. The analemma is the pattern traced out on the floor of the temple of Orithena by the sun's light going through the oculus in... Read More
Nov 22, 2008 by Alex Robertson | See all 12 posts
|Question about HTW and causality for those who have read the book||
I did not come away from this book thinking that the Geometers went in reverse of the Hylaean Theoric Flow. It would in essence mean they went against the laws of nature. I do think they may have gone at a slower speed affected by their space travels(?) Besides the Calca what section in the story... Read More
Sep 27, 2008 by Earthling | See all 44 posts
|HTW seems based on discredited platonic ideas...||
This whole book is really an argument similar to the chicken and the egg statement. You seem to be arguing that the egg (the physical world) came first. Stephenson is arguing that the chicken (An archetype where we came from; a.k.a. HTW) came first.
Generally, people would agree with you... Read More
Nov 13, 2008 by Bryan M | See all 7 posts
|Why did the orders fight over Erasmus?||
Infact the majority of the Edharians DON'T want Erasmus, concerned that he won't be able to keep up with the advanced theorics they are doing, as he has not proven himself as the most adept student.
Generally, the majority of the great students intend to go to the Edharians, leaving the... Read More
Feb 3, 2010 by sharpmath | See all 2 posts
|Orbit dynamics are just hosed||
If you responded at all I guess you've "played the game", though you chose to do it in a passive-aggressive way. Maybe that means you'll continue.
My ad hominem comments were intended to be amusing, but they supported my point, which stands: This was a novel that featured some talk of... Read More
Aug 30, 2010 by Amazon Customer | See all 5 posts
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