The System of the World

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US hardcover, 1st edition.

The System of the World is a historic fiction novel, and the third of three volumes of the Baroque Cycle by Neal Stephenson, published on 2004-09-21. The book follows various made-up characters as they travel around Europe in the early 1700s and interact with an otherwise historical England during the days of Isaac Newton, Gottfried Leibniz, and various members of Parliament and the royal families.

The System of the World consists of three smaller books, Solomon's Gold, Currency, and The System of the World.


I own a first edition hardcover of this book.



  • I love the inclusion of time bombs.
  • The trap at the ending of Solomon's Gold was pretty awesome.


  • The infiltration of the Tower of London seemed a bit too simple.


  • Nothing.