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Neal Stephenson is my favorite author because of this book and Cryptonomicon. He's a brilliant guy and he's incredibly funny. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Joe R.
Very enjoyable. Yes, it starts a bit slow, but that's kind of the idea, and it picks up after about 100 pages.Published 9 days ago by Rebecca Gorton
Another excellent piece from Neal Stephenson. The narrative is quite slow paced and mostly develops through dialogs, so if you are looking for action, don't bother. Read morePublished 19 days ago by I.Ustinov
This book is super smart sci-fi incorporating philosophy, physics, math, and religion. Sounds like a potential recipe for disaster and in the hands of a less talented author... Read morePublished 19 days ago by Rebecca Cohen
Anathem might be a kind of science fiction for some, I guess. For me it seems to be a thought experiment written by a brilliant and remarkable author. Read morePublished 22 days ago by tomh
Stephenson is a consummate wordsmith. His ideas are always intriguing and his characters are lively and beautifully portrayed. Highly recommendedPublished 25 days ago by Doug Demick
A good story but a difficult read. Took awhile fire me to get into it, similar to Foucalt''s Pendulum. Insightful nonetheless.Published 1 month ago by mtnslamgrass
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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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