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By Thomas Levenson

In 1695, Isaac Newton—already popular because the maximum brain of his age—made a stunning profession switch. He left quiet Cambridge, the place he had lived for thirty years and made his earth-shattering discoveries, and moved to London to take in the put up of Warden of His Majesty’s Mint. Newton used to be preceded to town via a genius of one other style, the budding felony William Chaloner. due to his preternatural talents as a counterfeiter, Chaloner used to be speedily emerging in London’s hugely aggressive underworld, at a time while prepared legislation enforcement used to be all yet unknown and funds within the sleek experience used to be simply entering being. Then he crossed paths with the bold new warden. within the courts and streets of London—and amid the tremors of an international being remodeled by means of the guidelines Newton himself had set in motion—the chase used to be on. This revelatory story of Isaac Newton’s trip via London’s underworld will entice enthusiasts ofThe Professor and the Madman.

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4: Eines der einflussreichsten Bücher über Vampire, »der Calmet«, erschien »cum approbatione superiore« – mit päpstlichem und königlichem Einverständnis. Der Mönch begründete die Existenz von Vampiren, an die er selbst nicht recht glauben konnte, mit der Allmacht Gottes. (Foto: M. Benecke) Zum Glück hinderten ihn aber weder seine große persönliche Bescheidenheit (er lehnte sogar den ihm vom Papst angebotenen Bischofstitel ab) noch seine Zweifel am Übersinnlichen daran, »sensationelle« Vampir-, Marienund Geistererscheinungen aus allen ihm zugänglichen Quellen und Zeiten zu sammeln und aufzuschreiben.

Den Totengräber auf und nahm ihm gegen Zusicherung einer Belohnung das Versprechen ab, das Grab Antons so nahe an das Grab des Vaters heranzurücken, dass man in der Nacht die Erdzwischenwand durchbrechen und den Sarg des Vaters freilegen könne, um durch Trennung des Kopfes von der Leiche die ganze Familie vor dem sicheren Tode durch den Vampir zu retten. Im Lauf des Tages aber kamen dem Totengräber Bedenken über seine Zusage und Mitwirkung bei dem Vorhaben, und er entdeckte die ganze Angelegenheit dem Ortspfarrer Block.

Abb. 1: Der Kannibale Issei Sagawa im Jahr 1992. Er tötete in Paris seine Freundin, als sie Gedichte vorlas, und aß das Fleisch teils roh. Nach nur kurzer Inhaftierung in Frankreich wurde er an Japan ausgeliefert und kam dort aufgrund des Einflusses seines Vaters schnell wieder frei. Er schrieb unter anderem Artikel für ein Feinschmecker-Magazin. (Foto: Hashimoto Noboru/Corbis Sygma) Da mittlerweile die Leichenstarre voll ausgeprägt ist, gibt es allerdings Probleme: »Den Kiefer kann ich nicht öffnen, aber meine Finger passen zwischen ihre Zähne.

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