Re: Fwd: Making (up?) history

From: Robin Faichney (
Date: Thu Aug 09 2001 - 19:40:57 BST

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    On Thu, Aug 09, 2001 at 02:28:35PM +0100, Chris Taylor wrote:
    > We this side of the pond have been irked some recently by that submarine
    > film where the US Navy captured an Enigma machine (it was the Brits) -
    > dunno if the film will have enough impact to give that idea lasting life
    > though (and frankly I'm not sure anyone could've told you it ever
    > happened before the associated minor media rucus occurred). I suppose
    > entertainment is just entertainment, but it still irritates...

    I knew it happened because I read a book by Neal Stephenson, who had
    quite a big hit with an earlier memetics-related book called Snowcrash.
    The later novel, entitled Cryptonomicon, is largely based on fact and
    is mainstream/realistic, set in the approximate present, rather than
    futurist science fiction/fantasy as was Snowcrash. Or at least one of
    the timelines is in the present, while the other concerns WWII, which is
    where the Enigma story comes in. Stephenson uses this to base an
    investigation of the significance of cryptography in society. Not that
    he gets to the roots of issues like privacy, but it's a terrific read,
    and very highly recommended. Stephenson is a hacker's -- not a cracker's
    -- novelist, which for me is a very good thing.

    I think I just talked myself into reading it again!

    "The distinction between mind and matter is in the mind, not in matter."
    Robin Faichney -- Inside Information --

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