Dark Matter: The Private Life of Sir Isaac Newton
In 1696, Christopher Ellis, a young, hot-tempered gentleman, is sent to the Tower of London, but not as a prisoner. A sudden twist of fate has led him there to assist the renowned scientist Sir Isaac Newton, who as Warden of the Royal Mint has accepted an appointment to hunt down counterfeiters... show more
In 1696, Christopher Ellis, a young, hot-tempered gentleman, is sent to the Tower of London, but not as a prisoner. A sudden twist of fate has led him there to assist the renowned scientist Sir Isaac Newton, who as Warden of the Royal Mint has accepted an appointment to hunt down counterfeiters who threaten to topple the shaky, war-weakened economy. Armed with Newton’s superior intellect and Ellis’s skill with a sword, the new partners seem primed to solve the case. But when their investigation leads them to a mysterious coded message on a corpse hidden in the Lion Tower, they realize that something more sinister is afoot. In the heat of their pursuit, Newton and Ellis’s suspicions become all too real as the body count rises and the duo uncovers a menacing far-reaching plot that might lead to the collapse of the government—and cost them their very lives. An extraordinary, suspense-filled, and richly satisfying tale, Dark Matter is an engrossing mystery infused with the volatile mix of politics, science, and religion that characterized life in seventeenth-century London.
Publish date: October 28th 2003
Publisher: Broadway Books
Pages no: 352
Edition language: English
If you are interested in finding a book to read with the goal of learning more about Isaac Newton... read another book. If, on the other hand, you are interested in a reasonably entertaining historical murder mystery - check this out.The Newton we meet here is more Sherlock Holmes than, well, Newton...
As several others have noted, this read more like a Holmes and Watson adventure, only with less character development or wit. I slogged through the first third, waiting for something to happen. Things briefly became lively and interesting, then nothing for another long while. There was potential her...
The historical fiction parts about Isaac Newton and the Tower of London are fantastic, and I enjoyed the struggles of the main character to keep up with Newton and his niece intellectually, but the mystery plot is sort of Da Vinci Code light, and Da Vinci Code was pretty light to begin with.
Un des maîtres du thriller , Philip est renommé pour ces thrillers à saveur intellectuelle. Il se lance avec “Le chiffre de l’alchimiste” dans le polar historique. Un mariage mi figue mi raisin.On suit Sir Isaac Newton, alors gardien de la Monnaie, un rôle qu’il avait cru honorifique à la poursuite ...