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5.0 out of 5 stars Newton and the Counterfeiter, Thomas Levenson. A fascinating look at a neglected period of Newton's life
When someone mentions Sir Isaac Newton, you immediately think of the father of science, the three laws of motion, apples and gravity, modern mathematics, the principle of optics, chemistry, theology etc, etc, etc. But what did he do after he had revolutionised modern thinking? It turns out he became the Warden of the Mint, responsible for guaranteeing the value of the...
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2.0 out of 5 stars A very slight tale, though interesting about the times.
Late in life, Sir Isaac Newton, left Cambridge and took a job as head of the Mint in London. Part of his job was to combat counterfeiters, and the story of Newton tracking one particular counterfeiter is the basis of this book. The author makes much of Newton's dogged pursuit of his quarry and his ruthlessness in condemning this man to jail. There seems to be general...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Isaac Newton's other life!, 8 Oct. 2010
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This book is really excellent. It starts with a succinct and very readable summary of Isaac Newton's life and then moves to a detailed account of his life at the Royal Mint. The time period is the birth of modern money where the value of money is divorced from its worth, so it is particularly fascinating. I really recommend this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Strange but true, 30 Mar. 2015
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This is quite an amazing book because, yes, it is the same Newton, Sir Isaac Newton. It reads like a novel and trots along at a steady pace with the plot becoming completely absorbing. I had no idea of this tale and found it captivating. It is all the more enjoyable knowing that the events are true.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not for me, 9 Aug. 2012
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Like other reviewers I felt this book started well and Newton's genius is not up for discussion. However, this book represents nothing more than a chapter of a biography. Newton and his so-called nemisis is a complete miss-match.
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5.0 out of 5 stars New Insight, 26 Dec. 2013
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I have read many books about Newton but found this one to be more insightful than many and gave insight into the financial situation at the time as well as a new perspective on Newton. An easy but informative read
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5.0 out of 5 stars newton and the counterfeiter, 8 Mar. 2010
Extraordinary amount of detail into research and the working of a mind 300+ years from us removed. Excellent for those with an exacting mind for mathematics, science and detective work. Amazing descriptions of the day. A good read
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3.0 out of 5 stars Newton and the Counterfeiter, 14 Dec. 2010
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Considering I knew very little about Sir Isaac Newton (a falling apple, apart) it was an interesting factual read. Understanding the significance of the monetary system was also interesting although I did think the link with the counterfeiter in question Willian Challander was a little tenuous. He (the counterfeiter) seemed to play a relatively small part in Newton life and did not deserve the rather extensively stretching of the link.....however, I may be wrong!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Newton & the Countrefeiter, 20 Sept. 2009
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Interesting account of Newton's lesser known work at the Royal Mint & his battle Royal with Chaloner the master criminal - just likes Holmes & Moriarty but all true.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Newton and the Counterfeiter, 5 Oct. 2009
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Mrs. H. Dunn (West Midlands, UK) - See all my reviews
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Well researched insight into Newton's work at the Royal Mint and in particular his efforts to bring the notorious counterfeiter Challoner to justice. Newton turned detective to bring his inteligent adversary to Tyburn's tree.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A new view of Newton, 6 Oct. 2009
Until this book was published, I for one had no idea that Newton had spent some time as the person in charge
of the Royal Mint. This book is a fascinating insight into Newtons battle against a very dangerous counterfeitor.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Newton, 26 Sept. 2009
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An excellent book in good condition. It tells us a lot about Newto as a human being not just as a famous scientist; also it is an exciting story, almost like a detective story.
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