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

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009 - Science - 318 pages
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In 1695, Isaac Newton?already renowned as the greatest mind of his age?made a surprising career change. He left quiet Cambridge, where he had lived for thirty years and made his earth-shattering discoveries, and moved to London to take up the post of Warden of His Majesty's Mint.

Newton was preceded to the city by a genius of another kind, the budding criminal William Chaloner. Thanks to his preternatural skills as a counterfeiter, Chaloner was rapidly rising in London's highly competitive underworld, at a time when organized law enforcement was all but unknown and money in the modern sense was just coming into being. Then he crossed paths with the formidable new warden. In the courts and streets of London?and amid the tremors of a world being transformed by the ideas Newton himself had set in motion?the two played out an epic game of cat and mouse.

 

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User Review  - bness2 - LibraryThing

Excellent book about a little known aspect of Newton's career. Most scientists know that Newton was Warden of the Mint later in life, but I had never known how colorful his career there had been. Read full review

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User Review  - drmaf - LibraryThing

Newton was of course one of the greatest minds in human history. His discoveries about gravity and thermodynamics still influence our lives greatly today. But most would not know that in his later ... Read full review

Contents

Learning to Think
A Rogues Progress
Passions
The New Warden
Skirmishes
Newton and the Counterfeiter
He Could Not Calculate the Madness of the People
Acknowledgments
A Note on Dates
Notes
Bibliography
Index
Copyright

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THOMAS LEVENSON is a professor of science writing at MIT and the author of three previous books: Einstein in Berlin, Measure for Measure, and Ice Time. He is also the producer of ten documentaries for which he has won numerous awards.

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