The Confusion

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US hardcover, 1st edition.

The Confusion is a historic fiction novel, and the second of three volumes of the Baroque Cycle by Neal Stephenson, published in 2004. The book follows three made up characters as they travel around Europe in the late 1600s. for the story as they interact with an otherwise historical England during the days of Isaac Newton, Gottfried Leibniz, Robert Hooke, and various other members of the Royal Society.

The book consists of two smaller books, Bonanza and The Juncto.

There was such a long gap between when I finished Quicksilver and began The Confusion, that I actually had to go back and re-read the last section of Quicksilver to remember where I left off. I'm glad that I did, because it helped make sense of the early events of The Confusion.


I own a first edition hardcover of this book, and am currently listening to an audio book recording.



  • The book is well-written, and chocked full of excitement, action, intrigue, and historical knowledge.
  • The wide range of cultures and sciences is very interesting, as is the fight between Newton and Leibniz.



  • Nothing.


  • [1] - Wikipedia.