Capsule review of Neal Stephenson's Anathem
“Look, it’s a Vout! Peaceful monks who devote their lives to the study of philosophy, science, and math!”
“BEAT HIM WITH STICKS!”
“He used devil-science to save my life! Dump him the river!”
“Watch out! He summoned science-ninjas to save himself!”
I’m paraphrasing, of course. The real version has a lot more made-up words, and takes about 60 pages to present this scene.