Cryptonomicon

Cryptonomicon

Trust goes a long way, but at some point, if you're going to sponsor a stable currency, you must put up or shut up. Somewhere, you have to actually have a shitload of gold in the basement. CRYPTONOMICON Ill.

Author: Neal Stephenson

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9781446440520

Category: Fiction

Page: 928

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A gripping and page-turning thriller that explores themes of power, information, secrecy and war in the twentieth century. From the author of the three-volume historical epic 'The Baroque Cycle' and Seveneves. In his legendary, sprawling masterpiece, 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 - a mathematical genius and young Captain in the U.S. Navy - is assigned to Detachment 2702, an outfit so secret that only a handful of people know it exists. Some of those people have names like Churchill and Roosevelt. Their mission is to keep the Nazis ignorant of the fact that Allied Intelligence has cracked the enemy's fabled Enigma code. Waterhouse is flung into a cryptographic chess match against his German counterpart - one where every move determines the fate of thousands. In the present day, Waterhouse's crypto-hacker grandson, Randy, is attempting to create a "data haven" in Southeast Asia where encrypted data can be stored and exchanged free of repression and scrutiny. Joining forces with the tough-as-nails Amy, Randy attempts tosecretly salvage a sunken Nazi submarine that holds the key to keeping the dream of a data haven afloat. But their scheme brings to light a massive conspiracy with its roots in Detachment 2702 - and an unbreakable Nazi code called Arethusa. There are two ways this could go: towards unimaginable riches and a future of personal and digital liberty - or towards a totalitarian nightmare... Profound and prophetic, hypnotic and hyperactive, Cryptonomicon is a work of great art, thought and creative daring, the product of a ingenious imagination working with white-hot intensity.
Categories: Fiction

Literature After Globalization

Literature After Globalization

Stephenson, Cryptonomicon, p. 91. Apparently compounding this image of the Philippines as an almost uncivilized nation, Randy attributes the regenerated zones of Manila's cityscape to America's benevolent modernity: 'Americans brought, ...

Author: Philip Leonard

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781441105783

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 208

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Choice Outstanding Academic Title 2014 Literature after Globalization offers a detailed study of recent literary and theoretical responses to technology, globalization, and national identity. Focusing on texts of the the 1990s and 2000s, particularly novels and other writing by Mark Danielewski, Hari Kunzru, Indra Sinha, and Neal Stephenson, it charts a departure from narratives of globalization which declare the collapse of national cultures, and it considers how national sovereignty has been reinvented and reasserted in the face of technology's transnational effects. Drawing upon recent theoretical responses to technology and culture (including work by Yochai Benkler, Manuel Castells, Gilles Deleuze, Jacques Derrida, N. Katherine Hayles, Paul Virilio, and McKenzie Wark) this book will explore how, in these novels, the notion of an inclusive globalization has been replaced by a sense of national globalism.
Categories: Literary Criticism

My Mother Was a Computer

My Mother Was a Computer

Thus the Cryptonomicon has become a kind of Kabala created by a Brotherhood of Code that stretches across centuries. To know its contents is to qualify as a Morlock among the Eloi, and the elite among the elite are those gifted enough ...

Author: N. Katherine Hayles

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226321493

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 288

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We live in a world, according to N. Katherine Hayles, where new languages are constantly emerging, proliferating, and fading into obsolescence. These are languages of our own making: the programming languages written in code for the intelligent machines we call computers. Hayles's latest exploration provides an exciting new way of understanding the relations between code and language and considers how their interactions have affected creative, technological, and artistic practices. My Mother Was a Computer explores how the impact of code on everyday life has become comparable to that of speech and writing: language and code have grown more entangled, the lines that once separated humans from machines, analog from digital, and old technologies from new ones have become blurred. My Mother Was a Computer gives us the tools necessary to make sense of these complex relationships. Hayles argues that we live in an age of intermediation that challenges our ideas about language, subjectivity, literary objects, and textuality. This process of intermediation takes place where digital media interact with cultural practices associated with older media, and here Hayles sharply portrays such interactions: how code differs from speech; how electronic text differs from print; the effects of digital media on the idea of the self; the effects of digitality on printed books; our conceptions of computers as living beings; the possibility that human consciousness itself might be computational; and the subjective cosmology wherein humans see the universe through the lens of their own digital age. We are the children of computers in more than one sense, and no critic has done more than N. Katherine Hayles to explain how these technologies define us and our culture. Heady and provocative, My Mother Was a Computer will be judged as her best work yet.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Mathematics in Popular Culture

Mathematics in Popular Culture

In what at first glance appears to be a throwaway scene in his massive novel Cryptonomicon, Neal Stephenson introduces the problem offair division: how can a group of ran- corous siblings divide up a beloved grandmother's furniture and ...

Author: Jessica K. Sklar

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786489947

Category: Social Science

Page: 353

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Mathematics has maintained a surprising presence in popular media for over a century. In recent years, the movies Good Will Hunting, A Beautiful Mind, and Stand and Deliver, the stage plays Breaking the Code and Proof, the novella Flatland and the hugely successful television crime series NUMB3RS all weave mathematics prominently into their storylines. Less obvious but pivotal references to the subject appear in the blockbuster TV show Lost, the cult movie The Princess Bride, and even Tolstoy’s War and Peace. In this collection of new essays, contributors consider the role of math in everything from films, baseball, crossword puzzles, fantasy role-playing games, and television shows to science fiction tales, award-winning plays and classic works of literature. Revealing the broad range of intersections between mathematics and mainstream culture, this collection demonstrates that even “mass entertainment” can have a hidden depth.
Categories: Social Science

Network Aesthetics

Network Aesthetics

Like computer code, networks are Cryptonomicon's condition of possibility, which mark it as a product of the late twentieth century and serve as the underlying infrastructure through which the novel can never fully think ...

Author: Patrick Jagoda

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226346656

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 304

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The term “network” is now applied to everything from the Internet to terrorist-cell systems. But the word’s ubiquity has also made it a cliché, a concept at once recognizable yet hard to explain. Network Aesthetics, in exploring how popular culture mediates our experience with interconnected life, reveals the network’s role as a way for people to construct and manage their world—and their view of themselves. Each chapter considers how popular media and artistic forms make sense of decentralized network metaphors and infrastructures. Patrick Jagoda first examines narratives from the 1990s and 2000s, including the novel Underworld, the film Syriana, and the television series The Wire, all of which play with network forms to promote reflection on domestic crisis and imperial decline in contemporary America. Jagoda then looks at digital media that are interactive, nonlinear, and dependent on connected audiences to show how recent approaches, such as those in the videogame Journey, open up space for participatory and improvisational thought. Contributing to fields as diverse as literary criticism, digital studies, media theory, and American studies, Network Aesthetics brilliantly demonstrates that, in today’s world, networks are something that can not only be known, but also felt, inhabited, and, crucially, transformed.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Crypto Dictionary

Crypto Dictionary

Cryptonomicon A 1,000 - page novel that references cryptography on about every other page . It was written by Neal Stephenson and was published in 1999. It's not very Lovecraftian , despite what its title might suggest .

Author: Jean-Philippe Aumasson

Publisher: No Starch Press

ISBN: 9781718501409

Category: Computers

Page: 160

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Crypto Dictionary is your full reference resource for all things cryptography. Cryptography from A5/0 to ZRTP Expand your mind—and your crypto knowledge—with the ultimate desktop dictionary for all things cryptography. Written by a globally recognized cryptographer for fellow experts and novices to the field alike, Crypto Dictionary is rigorous in its definitions, yet easy to read and laced with humor. You’ll find: • A survey of crypto algorithms both widespread and niche, from RSA and DES to the USSR’s GOST cipher • Trivia from the history of cryptography, such as the MINERVA backdoor in Crypto AG’s encryption algorithms, which may have let the US read the secret communications of foreign governments • An explanation of why the reference to the Blowfish cipher in the TV show 24 makes absolutely no sense • Discussions of numerous cryptographic attacks, like the slide attack and biclique attack (and the meaning of a crypto “attack”) • Types of cryptographic proofs, such as zero-knowledge proofs of spacetime • A polemic against referring to cryptocurrency as “crypto” • A look toward the future of cryptography, with discussions of the threat of quantum computing poses to our current cryptosystems and a nod to post-quantum algorithms, such as lattice-based cryptographic schemes Or, flip to any random page and learn something new, interesting, and mind-boggling for fun. Organized alphabetically, with hundreds of incisive entries and illustrations at your fingertips, Crypto Dictionary is the crypto world go-to guide that you’ll always want within reach.
Categories: Computers

Tomorrow through the Past

Tomorrow through the Past

In the fifth novel published under his own name, Stephenson engaged on a significantly different course than in Snow Crash and The Diamond Age, as Cryptonomicon is less speculative than historical fiction. Rather than imagining what ...

Author: Jon Lewis

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 9781443802703

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 167

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Tomorrow Through the Past: Neal Stephenson and the Project of Global Modernization is the first collection of scholarly essays dedicated exclusively to this important voice in contemporary American fiction. The collection grew from five essays originally presented at the 2006 XXth Century Literature Conference at the University of Louisville, and the contributors are made up of graduate students, independent scholars, and university professors who hope the collection will aid general readers as well as instructors teaching Stephenson and professionals building the critical response to his work. Reading through the lenses of history and linguistic, cultural, and science fiction studies, the essays in the collection examine each of Stephenson’s novels from The Big U to The Baroque Cycle as well as his long non-fiction work on computer operating systems, In the Beginning … Was the Command Line. Included in this collection is a new interview conducted with Stephenson during the summer of 2006.
Categories: Literary Criticism

The Shape of the Signifier

The Shape of the Signifier

And that's also why, as readers of another of his novels, Cryptonomicon, know, Stephenson dislikes the same intellectuals Bloom and Rorty do. He, too, is proud of being an American, and he, too, expresses that pride by telling what ...

Author: Walter Benn Michaels

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9781400849598

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 232

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The Shape of the Signifier is a critique of recent theory--primarily literary but also cultural and political. Bringing together previously unconnected strands of Michaels's thought--from "Against Theory" to Our America--it anatomizes what's fundamentally at stake when we think of literature in terms of the experience of the reader rather than the intention of the author, and when we substitute the question of who people are for the question of what they believe. With signature virtuosity, Michaels shows how the replacement of ideological difference (we believe different things) with identitarian difference (we speak different languages, we have different bodies and different histories) organizes the thinking of writers from Richard Rorty to Octavia Butler to Samuel Huntington to Kathy Acker. He then examines how this shift produces the narrative logic of texts ranging from Toni Morrison's Beloved to Michael Hardt and Toni Negri's Empire. As with everything Michaels writes, The Shape of the Signifier is sure to leave controversy and debate in its wake.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Hacking in the Humanities

Hacking in the Humanities

76 Satoshi Nakamoto, “Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System,” Satoshi Nakamoto Institute, October 31, 2008, https://nakamotoinstitute.org/bitcoin/. 77 Neal Stephenson, Cryptonomicon (New York: Avon, 1999), 237.

Author: Aaron Mauro

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350231009

Category: Computers

Page: 224

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What would it take to hack a human? How exploitable are we? In the cybersecurity industry, professionals know that the weakest component of any system sits between the chair and the keyboard. This book looks to speculative fiction, cyberpunk and the digital humanities to bring a human - and humanistic - perspective to the issue of cybersecurity. It argues that through these stories we are able to predict the future political, cultural, and social realities emerging from technological change. Making the case for a security-minded humanities education, this book examines pressing issues of data security, privacy, social engineering and more, illustrating how the humanities offer the critical, technical, and ethical insights needed to oppose the normalization of surveillance, disinformation, and coercion. Within this counter-cultural approach to technology, this book offers a model of activism to intervene and meaningfully resist government and corporate oversight online. In doing so, it argues for a wider notion of literacy, which includes the ability to write and fight the computer code that shapes our lives.
Categories: Computers

The Dictionary of Made Up Languages

The Dictionary of Made Up Languages

FOR MORE INFORMATION Review the works listed above, the resources listed in the bibliography, and the web pages: “Cryptonomicon” (www.harpercollins.com/books/Cryptonomicon-Neal-Stephenson/? isbn=9780060512804), “Cryptonomicon ...

Author: Stephen D Rogers

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781440530395

Category: Reference

Page: 304

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Can you converse in Klingon? Ask an Elf the time of day? Greet a speaker of Esperanto? These are among the more than 100 constructed languages you'll find in this book. For each one, author Stephen D. Rogers provides vocabulary, grammatical features, background information on the language and its inventor, and fascinating facts. What's more, easy-to-follow guidelines show you how to construct your own made-up language--everything from building vocabulary to making up a grammar. So pick up this dictionary! In no time, you'll be telling your friends, "Tsun oe nga-hu ni-Na'vi pangkxo a fì-'u oe-ru prrte' lu." ("It's a pleasure to be able to chat with you in Navi.")
Categories: Reference