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Newton and the Counterfeiter [Paperback]

Thomas Levenson
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"Levenson reveals the remarkable and true tale of the only criminal investigator who was far, far brainier than even Sherlock Holmes: Sir Isaac Newton during his tenure as Warden of the Royal Mint. What a fascinating saga! It allows us to see the human side of Newton and how his amazing mind worked when dealing with practical rather than theoretical questions."
--Walter Isaacson, author of "Einstein, His Life and Universe and Benjamin Franklin: An American Life
"""Newton and the Counterfeiter" is a wonderful read that reveals a whole new side to a giant of science. Through a page-turning narrative, we witness Isaac Newton's genius grappling with the darker sides of human nature, an all too human journey reflecting his deepest beliefs about the cosmic order. 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
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As the great Newton recedes from us in time, he comes increasingly into focus as a man rather than a myth--thanks in no small measure to this learned and lively new study from the estimable Thomas Levinson."
--Timothy Ferris, author of "Seeing in the Dark
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""Newton and the Counterfeiter" is both a fascinating read and a meticulously researched historical document: a combination difficult to achieve and rarely seen . . . Recommended for anyone who wants to know the real story behind this astonishing but largely overlooked chapter of scientific history."
--Neal Stephenson, author of "Cryptonomicon and Anathem
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"I absolutely loved Newton and the Counterfeiter. Deft, witty and exhaustively researched, Levenson's tale illuminates a near-forgotten chapter of Newton's extraordinary life--the cat-and-mouse game that pitted him against a criminal mastermind--and manages not only to add to our knowledge of the great mathematician but to make a page turner out of it. This book rocks."
--Junot Diaz, author of "The Bri --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Book Description

The gripping historical thriller of rivalry, obsession and revenge at the Royal Mint.

About the Author

Thomas Levenson has written three books prior to this one: Ice Time: Climate, Science and Life on Earth; Measure for Measure: A Musical History of Science; and Einstein in Berlin. He is also a film-maker, with ten science documentary films to his credit, several of which were broadcast on British television. His awards include the National Academies Prize for Science Communication, a AAAS award for best science television, and a Peabody Award. He is a professor of science writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He lives in Massachussets with his wife and his son.
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