Cryptonomicon is a critically acclaimed science fiction novel that goes back and forth between two time periods – World War II and the present.

It is the story of money, value and information.

Lawrence Waterhouse is a math genius who works with Alan Turing at Bletchley Park and is responsible for misinformation.

Turing is able to crack the German code but how is the enemy not to find out they have broken the codes?

Fast forward to 1990s, where Lawrence’s grandson is setting up a tech business with the aim of setting up a data haven in a fictional Asian sultanate but gets embroiled in a dodgy business deal.

There is much overlap in how the WWII events directly impact the events of 1990s.

The book is a great escape into the adventurous world of math and espionage; you’ll end up thinking about it more than you’d imagined.

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TO DO: Read Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson.

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