Newton and the Counterfeiter: The Unknown Detective

    Newton and the Counterfeiter: The Unknown Detective

    Career of the World's Greatest Scientist

    Thomas Levenson

    Faber 2010

    Paperback 330pp

    9780571229932   Product Code: 19445

    Having achieved fame with his theories of planetary motion and gravity, in 1696 Isaac Newton left Cambridge to become Warden of the Royal Mint, a post which required him to protect the King's currency by becoming criminal investigator, interrogator and prosecutor. Levenson thrillingly describes the battle of wits between Newton and William Chaloner, who was the most skilful counterfeiter of the age but whose ruses could not match the scientist's implacable logic.

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