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Author: Thomas Levenson
ISBN13: 978-0571229925
Title: Newton and the Counterfeiter
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Publisher: London : Faber; First Edition edition (2009)

Newton and the Counterfeiter by Thomas Levenson



Newton and the Counterfeiter is a wonderful read that reveals a whole new side to a giant of science. This is a gripping story that enriches our sense of the man who forever changed our view of the universe. Brian Greene, author of The Fabric of the Cosmos

Newton and the Counterfeiter is as finely struck as one of Newton's shillings. Newton and the Counterfeiter humanizes a legend, transforming him into a Sherlock Holmes in pursuit of his own private Moriarity. Newton and the Counterfeiter packs a wonderful punch in its thoroughly surprising revelation of that other Isaac Newton, and in its vivid re-creation of 17th-century London and its fascinating criminal haunts. Providence Journal 20090719). Newton and the Counterfeiter is as finely struck as one of Newton''s shillings.

Newton tracks the counterfeiter's web of accomplices through London's underworld, running networks of spies, and even – in an extraordinary application of the empirical methods of inquiry of the Enlightenment – interrogating suspects himself. Another is hauled out of Newgate prison to meet Newton in a pub – the Dogg. And when Chaloner is finally brought to book, he comes up in court before the "formidably irascible" Salathiel Lovell.

Newton and the Counterfeiter by Thomas Levenson. Newton and the Counterfeiter by Thomas Levenson. The perfect gift for bookworms, collectors, lovers of history and The Royal Mint. As Master of the Mint, this book tells the story of some little know aspects of Sir Isaac Newton and his reorganisation of The Royal Mint at a time of historical turmoil. The notorious coiner and counterfeiter William Chaloner, his attempts to swindle a nation, pursued by Newton in a true story that is better than fiction.

Newton and the Counterfeiter: The Unknown Detective Career of the World's Greatest Scientist. Download (mobi, 525 Kb). EPUB FB2 PDF TXT RTF. Converted file can differ from the original. If possible, download the file in its original format.

Newton and the counterfeiter. Publication date 2009. Topics Newton, Isaac, - Sir, - 1642-1727, Chaloner, William, Counterfeits and counterfeiting - England - History - 17th century. Publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Collection inlibrary; printdisabled; ; americana. Digitizing sponsor Internet Archive. Contributor Internet Archive. Books for People with Print Disabilities. Internet Archive Books. Uploaded by associate-lan-zhu on July 22, 2014.

In Newton and the Counterfeiter, Levenson initially brings us up to speed on Newton and his work as a scientist. He paints a vivid picture of Newton the person, recounting how this rural child and compulsive tinkerer and scholarship student at Cambridge, who initially paid his way by waiting on other students’ tables, came to revolutionize science. This book is an outstanding look at a little-known side of Newton's life. Jun 22, 2009 Ari rated it really liked it.

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Reviews: 7
Malanim
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.
This book probably has one of the best summaries of Sir Isaac (the man) as anyone who has attempted a like project. In fact, Professor Levenson does a really nice job of making Sir Isaac a human being.
Plus, the story, the drama, the intrigue, and the skullduggery itself is worthy of a mini-series on HBO. And to think the whole time you are reading this book, you know that the man who figured out gravity, probably, on a few occasions, sat near The Rack while interrogating Coyners and Clippers. Put that on HBO! This book has all the elements of great drama. More importantly and significantly is that it is true. True. True. Documented. Absolute. It really happened. We are all the current beneficiaries.
Great writing, (which might explain the authors position as a writing professor at MIT), on a better than great subject.... and a story befitting Sir Isaac, wonderfully told.
Black_Hawk_Down.
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.

It simply boggles the mind the information that continues to be uncovered about Newton's life. Not only a landed farmboy, a child prodigy, a professor of mathematics, a revolutionary mathematician and physicist and the head of the Royal Society, Newton continued on to be many other things. He spent years unsuccessfully investigating alchemy, an enterprise doomed to failure without the as-yet undiscovered knowledge of atomic physics. He spent decades investigating the history of the Bible, coming to various unorthodox (and unsupportable) conclusions. And here, we see that his time as the head of the Royal Mint was nothing short of daring.

Levenson's book begins slowly enough, with several chapters of background covering Newton's earlier, scientific life, before progressing to the essence of the tale. Newton was not merely 'master of the Mint'. He was brought into the job at a time when England was facing a financial crisis of epic proportions, brought on by a changing banking landscape, inadequate economic policies, an expensively useless war and rife counterfeting of its increasingly debased currency - all of which the government and the Mint were inadequately equipped to handle.

Enter Newton, who immediately sets about bringing his meticulous scientific methods to bear on the Mint's policies and production efficiency. He not only turns around the fortunes of England, he delves into the underworld to hamstring and capture the counterfeiters crippling England's coinage. He plays the role of police officer and detective, takes criminals into custody, runs networks of informers, questions witnesses, plants spies in gaols, conducts interrogations and compiles evidence for use by prosecuting barristers. His life in pursuit of William Chaloner moves like a real-life CSI episode, at a time when England scarcely had any kind of professional police force, and years before any of these practices would become standardised law enforcement procedures.

Levenson's work is well-written and extremely well-referenced. It had me on the edge of my seat. A more gripping description of a scientific figure, I am yet to encounter.
Mr_Mix
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