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The System of the World Summary
Neal Stephenson

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The System of the World Summary

Plot Summary

The System of the World begins where the first book of the Baroque Cycle trilogy, Quicksilver, concluded. Daniel Waterhouse, chancellor of the Massachusetts Colony Institute of Technical Studies and Arts, is returning to London from Boston aboard the ship Minerva. He has not been back long when an attempt is made on his life. The would-be assassins unsuccessfully use an infernal device, or time bomb and an exhaustive search for the culprit begins. As Daniel comes to grips with this, England in 1714 continues to search for an heir to the throne for Queen Anne, who is terminally ill. The Queen populates the House of Lords with Tories and a struggle for power continues in the background throughout the story's plot.

Daniel tries to reconcile differences between Sir Isaac Newton and Gottfried von Leibniz in their ongoing dispute over the invention of calculus. Meanwhile, the English Mint, which Sir...

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