Another Newton and the Counterfeiter note: I like Carl Zimmer’s taste in books/Nature department
Nothing is as satisfying as the praise of one’s colleagues — especially the really good ones — which is why Nature’s Summer Books feature in the July 30 issue is so delightful. There Carl Zimmer has this to say about Newton and the Counterfeiter (Amazon, Powells,Barnes and Noble, Indiebound):
Imagine Isaac Newton as a policeman, using his brilliant intellect to pursue the most elusive thieves of his day. It sounds like a ridiculous example of historical fiction — except that it actually happened. …. Levenson’s account of the struggle between these two masterminds [Newton and his nemesis, William Chaloner] is fascinating on its own, but he also uses this historical episode to show how the modern economy took shape in the late 1600s.
The book’s resonance with today’s economic upheavals seems almost too good to be true. Would you believe that Isaac Newton lost much of his fortune in a financial crash? The physicists whose models of financial risk lie in ruins today can take some comfort in Levenson’s stranger-than-fiction tale.
It’s always great when a reader takes pleasure — and more — from something you’ve written. It’s better still when you know the reader is one of the best science writers and journalists working today. It’s even better when you get to see the company your book keeps — fourteen very sharp people recommending fourteen works…to produce a list my book is blushing to be part of.