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Newton and the Counterfeiter: The Unknown Detective Career of the World's Greatest Scientist - Thomas Levenson
Newton and the Counterfeiter: The Unknown Detective Career of the World's Greatest Scientist
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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... show more
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 Chaloner—had 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 had 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 that Newton was not only one of the greatest minds of his age, but also a remarkably intrepid investigator.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780151012787 (0151012784)
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Pages no: 336
Edition language: English
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One Page at a Time
One Page at a Time rated it
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An interesting view of Isaac Newton, one very different form anything I had seen before -- though to be fair my experience with Newton prior to reading this book was purely school-girl textbooks and the iconic picture of a man sitting under an apple tree. It's also an interesting and engaging histo...
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Bettie's Books rated it
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Just another spin on how the Bank of England evolved. A fab spin for youngsters, a bit theatrical for us oldies who had to learn this stuff for w(b)anking examinations. lol
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