A thoroughly surprising chapter in the life of Isaac Newton, with a vivid re creation of 17th century London and its fascinating criminal haunts Providence Journal When renowned scientist Isaac Newton takes up the post of Warden of His Majestys Mint in London, another kind of geniusa preternaturally gifted counterfeiter named William Chalonerhas already taken up residence in the city, rising quickly in an unruly, competitive underworld In the courts and streets of London, and amid the tremors of a world being transformed by ideas Newton himself set in motion, Chaloner crosses paths with the formidable new warden An epic game of cat and mouse ensues in Newton and the Counterfeiter, revealing for the first time the remarkable and true tale of the only criminal investigator who was far, far brainier than even Sherlock Holmes Sir Isaac Newton during his tenure as Warden of the Royal Mint A fascinating saga Walter Isaacson I absolutely loved Newton and the Counterfeiter Deft, witty and exhaustively researched Junot Daz, author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao A delicious read, featuring brilliant detective work and a captivating story Avirtuoso performance Sylvia Nasar, author of A Beautiful Mind Through a page turning narrative, we witness Isaac Newtons genius grappling with the darker sides of human nature, an all too human journey reflecting his deepest beliefs about the cosmic order Brian Greene, author of The Fabric of the Cosmos Levenson transforms inflation and metallurgy into a suspenseful detective story bolstered by an eloquent summary of Newtonian physics and stomach turning descriptions of prison life in the Tower of London The book humanizes a legend, transforming him into a Sherlock Holmes in pursuit of his own private Moriarty TheWashington Post...
|Title||:||Newton and the Counterfeiter: The Unknown Detective Career of the World's Greatest Scientist|
|Publisher||:||Mariner Books April 12, 2010|
|Number of Pages||:||340 pages|
|File Size||:||1158 KB|
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Newton and the Counterfeiter: The Unknown Detective Career of the World's Greatest Scientist Reviews
A fun read. Similar in enjoyment for me to Sarah Dry's 'The Newton Papers'. If you are an author and you want an interesting and compelling subject, you can't go wrong picking Sir Isaac Newton as your locus and focus.
Levenson does a better job of biographing Newton than many other authors, despite his limiting the scope of his story to Newton's involvement with the Royal Mint and his battle with the infamous counterfeiter, William Chaloner.
I'm interested in science but read mainly fast-moving thrillers. The name Newton means Apple to me - and that's a turn-off. I heard Newton and the Counterfeiter reviewed on Australian Radio National and an interview with author Thomas Levenson, who is (as we say) a fair dinkum boffin. Temptation, my Kindle, was right at hand so I keyed in Newton and Counterfeiter and up came the book; to my surprise at a reasonable price. Still listening, I hit the "buy" and had it before the interview was over. It's a much shorter book than the specs say. About a third is tied up in references, which I don't have to read. But they assure me the author is genuine and the story is true. In a way, it shows the traditional scientific "peers" have sprinkled it with approved wisdom. The story (I'm not giving much away) is that the revered English physicist was bored by Cambridge and needed a good living. So he tapped the patronage chain and (eventually) landed the job of Master of the Royal Mint. Counterfeiting was so rife coins weren't accepted and "notes" were in their infancy. The King couldn't pay his soldiers and sailors. Newton tangled with an arch-villain who targeted the Master and the Mint. Newton won and the villain was hanged. No mercy in the 18th Century. Most books approach Newton with (sorry!) gravity. Levenson humanises him and brings the period to life. Hence five stars. And if you happen to be a boffin all those references are the icing on a tasty cake. - John Stackhouse