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Some Friendly Advice for New Isaac Newton Filmmakers

Upon reading in The Hollywood Reporter that The Fast and the Furious director Rob Cohen is set to pen and direct a film about Sir Isaac Newton, we immediately checked our home library for a copy of Neal Stephenson's thumping good The Baroque Cycle trilogy. As historical fiction goes, it's the tops, but it also does a masterful job of presenting Newton in his most dazzling and contradictory light: tinkering with alchemy, say, or hunting down the wily counterfeiter Jack Shaftoe, head of the London Mint (in book two, The Confusion). In our expert opinion, Cohen should take a poolside holiday with Stephenson's books, then hire him to edit the script.