Book Log – Newton and the Counterfeiter

Newton and the Counterfeiter: The Unknown Detective Career of the World’s Greatest Scientist by Thomas Levenson

curt_holman loaned me this; He thought I might be interested since it deals with the era that formed some of the setting for my favorite Neal Stephenson series.

And he was right.

It’s nice to have some non-fictional background info to flesh out Stephenson’s book. Though, on it’s own, the “battle” between Newton and one particular counterfeiter is a fairly thin story.

What story there is is well told, with details of where the information comes from. There’s a pretty good description of the history of money at the time, which I find interesting for some reason I can’t fathom.

I think there’s a play in the history of money and economies. I might be the only one who enjoys it, though. Me and Neal Stephenson. Perhaps we’ll go out for a soda afterwards.