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Tom Levenson on Newton and the Counterfeiter

 


The Unknown Detective Career of the World's Greatest Scientist
Who knew that one of the world's greatest scientists also worked as a gumshoe on London’s mean streets? He also helped England fix its monetary policy from an office in the Tower of London? Thomas Levenson brings all sorts of surprises to light in his own sleuthing of a little known but significant episode in British history involving Sir Isaac Newton—subject of Levenson's most recent book, Newton and the Counterfeiter: The Unknown Detective Career of the World's Greatest Scientist.

Thomas Levenson is Professor of Science Writing; Director, MIT Graduate Program in Science Writing; and a Documentary Producer. This event was hosted by Writing and Humanistic Studies.