The first part of David Levenson’s Newton And The Counterfeiter (Mariner, $14.95) is worth the price of the book by itself. Newton, known for his larger-than-life discoveries, is revealed by Levenson as simply human: brilliant, driven, reclusive, and strange. The second part of the book is a bonus, pitting an older Newton, now Warden of His Majesty’s Mint, against William Chaloner, London’s greatest counterfeiter. From the dirty streets of London, where secrets are betrayed, to the Tower of London, where information is sometimes obtained by torture, Newton always gets his man.
Newton and the Counterfeiter: The Unknown Detective Career of the World's Greatest Scientist - Thomas Levenson
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Published: Mariner Books - April 12th, 2010