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Newton and the Counterfeiter: The Unknown Detective Career of the World's Greatest Scientist
     

Newton and the Counterfeiter: The Unknown Detective Career of the World's Greatest Scientist

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by Thomas Levenson
 

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A fascinating slice of true-crime history that unfolds in 1695, when law enforcement was unheard of and modern money was little more than a concept

 

When renowned scientist Isaac Newton took up the post of Warden of His Majesty’s Mint in London, another kind of genius—a preternaturally gifted counterfeiter named William

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Newton and the Counterfeiter: The Unknown Detective Career of the World's Greatest Scientist 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
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Admirably researched and assembled, Levenson does a good job painting an engaging and detailed picture of a lesser-known phase of Newton's life. The book is sometimes a bit scholarly, such as when Levenson falls into quoting old court dockets or letters to prove his claims: reading chain-quotes in 17th-century language can get old in a hurry. In addition, the villain of the book (the counterfeiter) and the chase for him is, by virtue of his place in history, a bit thinly-described in places. Having said all this, though, Levenson pens an interesting novel that reveals a great deal about Newton and the times in which he lived.
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