Now go outside and look at the sky.
Quicksilver On My Mind
I'm currently working my way through Neal Stephenson's latest novel, "Quicksilver". It's a big, heavy book and it's a bit of a slow read... but not in a bad way. If you enjoyed Cryptonomicon, then you will feel right at home.
Mr. Stephenson certainly has a way with words, and he always manages to fill interesting historic scenes with amazing characters that especially apeal to the scientist/engineer/geek readership.
I'm learning a lot about the 17th and 18th century, that's for sure...