Dark Matter: The Private Life of Sir Isaac Newton by Philip Kerr

By Philip Kerr

In 1696, Christopher Ellis, a tender, hot-tempered gentleman, is distributed to the Tower of London, yet no longer as a prisoner. A unexpected accident has led him there to help the well known scientist Sir Isaac Newton, who as Warden of the Royal Mint has approved an appointment to seek down counterfeiters who threaten to topple the shaky, war-weakened financial system. Armed with Newton’s more advantageous mind and Ellis’s ability with a sword, the recent companions look primed to unravel the case. but if their research leads them to a mysterious coded message on a corpse hidden within the Lion Tower, they discover that anything extra sinister is afoot. within the warmth in their pursuit, Newton and Ellis’s suspicions turn into all too genuine because the physique count number rises and the duo uncovers a menacing far-reaching plot that will result in the cave in of the government—and expense them their very lives. a rare, suspense-filled, and richly pleasant story, darkish topic is an engrossing secret infused with the risky mixture of politics, technology, and faith that characterised lifestyles in seventeenth-century London.

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For I was possessed of the notion that to know the mind of such a man who had penetrated so many scientific and philosophical mysteries would be to know the mind of God. Which would make a change from the minds of whores and gamesters. "Aye, sir," said I. "I will work for you. " "That you will always correct my ignorance of something, for I know you are a learned man. I would wish that you will show me something of the world as you understand it, and to discourse with me on the nature of things in furtherance of my own self-improvement.

After which you will have to take an oath to keep secret Mister Blondeau's method of edge-marking the coin, although I think it can be no great secret since, I am told, the same machine is shown openly to visitors in the Paris Mint. " And so I was employed at the Royal Mint. The Mint was within the Tower since 1299, and by 1696 it was as big as many a sizeable town. Two rows of aged wooden buildings, pinned together with clamps of iron, lay between the inner and outer rampires, beginning at the Byward and Bell Towers, extended some five hundred yards along and around the foot of eachwall to finish up at the Salt Tower.

In all my time at Cambridge, Trinity College assigned but three fellow commoners to my tuition, and those I took for the fees rather than some desire to be the centre of a modern Lyceum. It is hard for any of us to know how we may appear to the world, but, in truth, I consider myself to have learned only as much as to confirm how little of the world I know. I've a mind that it's this which vexes those rabbinical parts I might possess. But I agree to your condition. I know not what but I'll trepan something into that young head of yours.

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