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Cryptonomicon (1999)

di Neal Stephenson

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An American computer hacker operating in Southeast Asia attempts to break a World War II cypher to find the location of a missing shipment of gold. The gold was stolen by the Japanese during the war. By the author of The Diamond Age.
Aggiunto di recente daEvFire, gnesom, SugarThief, biblioteca privata, H-Worblehat, KovolKenai, Joy_Bush, ejmw, tha-bz
Biblioteche di personaggi celebriLeslie Scalapino
  1. 202
    Snow Crash di Neal Stephenson (moonstormer)
  2. 142
    Gödel, Escher, Bach: an Eternal Golden Braid di Douglas R. 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.… (altro)
  3. 110
    The Codebreakers: The Comprehensive History of Secret Communication from Ancient Times to the Internet di 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
    L' accademia dei sogni di William Gibson (S_Meyerson)
  5. 112
    Anathem di Neal Stephenson (BriarE)
  6. 90
    Codici e segreti di Simon Singh (S_Meyerson)
  7. 70
    Daemon di Daniel Suarez (simon_carr)
  8. 61
    Secrets and lies : digital security in a networked world di Bruce Schneier (bertilak)
  9. 40
    The Gone-Away World di Nick Harkaway (ahstrick)
  10. 40
    Logicomix di Apostolos Doxiadis (tomduck)
  11. 41
    Gioco Mortale di Neal Stephenson (Utente anonimo)
  12. 63
    L' alienista di Caleb Carr (igorken)
  13. 30
    PopCo di 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)
  14. 31
    Il nome della rosa di Umberto Eco (LamontCranston)
    LamontCranston: Weaving fact and speculation, history and fiction, mysteries within mysteries
  15. 1716
    Moby Dick di 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.
  16. 22
    I mille autunni di Jacob de Zoet di David Mitchell (psybre)
  17. 00
    Decoded di Mai Jia (hairball)
  18. 00
    la guerra dei codici di 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.
  19. 00
    In Code: A Mathematical Journey di Sarah Flannery (bertilak)
  20. 11
    Enigma di Robert Harris (ianturton)
    ianturton: Another fictionalized look at Bletchly Park, shorter and with fewer Americans.

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Ottimo romanzo! Pur essendo molto ponderoso, il libro alimenta sempre la curiosità e la voglia di continuare a leggere. ( )
  zinf | Feb 13, 2017 |
Uno scrittore pazzesco che sa TUTTO, che incanta su qualunque argomento: storia, guerra, scienze, affari, religione, sesso, orrori, comicità, natura... Ma quanti cervelli ha??? ( )
  saintwo2005 | Oct 28, 2012 |
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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.
aggiunto da SnootyBaronet | modificaReason, Mike Godwin (Feb 20, 1999)
 

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Nome dell'autoreRuoloTipo di autoreOpera?Stato
Stephenson, Nealautore primariotutte le edizioniconfermato
Bonnefoy, JeanTraduttoreautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Dufris, WilliamNarratoreautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Gräbener-Müller, JulianeTraduttoreautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Pannofino, GianniTraduttoreautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Peck, KellanDesignerautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Stingl, NikolausTraduttoreautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
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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
This morning [Imelda Marcos] offered the latest in a series of explanations of the billions of dollars that she and her husband, who died in 1989, are believed to have stolen during his presidency.
"It so coincided that Marcos had money," she said. "After the Bretton Woods agreement he started buying gold from Fort Knox. Three thousand tons, then 4,000 tons. I have documents for these: 7,000 tons. Marcos was so smart. He had it all. It's funny; America didn't understand him." —The New York Times, Monday, 4 March, 1996
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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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