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Quicksilver by Neal Stephenson
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Jan 08, 2012

it was ok
Read from September 18 to October 26, 2011

This book suffers under the weight of its own prose. It is an interesting bit of historical fiction with the inclusion of people like Newton and Leibniz, but there are times when it's almost unreadable. Alchemy has always held a sort of mystery for many people, a practice that often seems to meld science and mysticism, but this book drains that mystery away in favor of less fun things. Admittedly, the book does shine at points with its accuracy and its entertaining portrayal of Newton as the kind of scientist who doesn't give a hoot what other people think, however those oases are often hidden in desolate and expansive desert of detail.

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