His choice, late Seventeenth-Century London. You can visit that time and locale in Neil Stephenson's long, long Baroque Cycle. I did so a few years ago, and must admit Dillon has a point. If you have the patience to read through 3,000 pages of whimsical historical fiction, by all means to so. It's quite an experience.
Imagine being a young Puritan lad who goes off to college and finds that his roommate is Isaac Newton.