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Radioactive: Marie and Pierre Curie, A Tale of Love and Fallout - Lauren Redniss
Radioactive: Marie and Pierre Curie, A Tale of Love and Fallout
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In 1891, 24-year-old Marie Sklodowska moved from Warsaw to Paris, where she found work in the laboratory of Pierre Curie, a scientist engaged in research on heat and magnetism. They fell in love. They took their honeymoon on bicycles. They expanded the periodic table, discovering two new elements... show more
In 1891, 24-year-old Marie Sklodowska moved from Warsaw to Paris, where she found work in the laboratory of Pierre Curie, a scientist engaged in research on heat and magnetism. They fell in love. They took their honeymoon on bicycles. They expanded the periodic table, discovering two new elements with startling properties, radium and polonium. They recognized radioactivity as an atomic property, heralding the dawn of a new scientific era. They won the Nobel Prize. Newspapers mythologized the couple's romance, beginning articles on the Curies with "Once upon a time . . . " Then, in 1906, Pierre was killed in a freak accident. Marie continued their work alone. She won a second Nobel Prize in 1911, and fell in love again, this time with the married physicist Paul Langevin. Scandal ensued. Duels were fought. In the century since the Curies began their work, we've struggled with nuclear weapons proliferation, debated the role of radiation in medical treatment, and pondered nuclear energy as a solution to climate change. In Radioactive, Lauren Redniss links these contentious questions to a love story in 19th Century Paris. Radioactive draws on Redniss's original reporting in Asia, Europe and the United States, her interviews with scientists, engineers, weapons specialists, atomic bomb survivors, and Marie and Pierre Curie's own granddaughter. Whether young or old, scientific novice or expert, no one will fail to be moved by Lauren Redniss's eerie and wondrous evocation of one of history's most intriguing figures.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780061351327 (0061351326)
ASIN: 61351326
Publisher: It Books
Pages no: 208
Edition language: English
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5.0 Radioactive: Marie and Pierre Curie - A Tale of Love and Fallout
When I was in second grade, I was bored and my teacher did what all good teachers do when they have students who are bored in class: she assigned me a research project.My research project was on Marie and Pierre Curie.Here I was, seven years old, reading about radiation and atomic particles and nucl...
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Ceridwen rated it
This book was an absolutely brilliant gift from a friend of mine for my birthday. She heard someone talking about it on the radio and thought, holy hell, who can I give this to? (Or possibly she doesn't cuss so much in her mind.) C'est moi! And I absolutely want to eat the physical book, and the ide...
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0.0 Radioactive: Marie and Pierre Curie, A Tale of Love and Fallout
Just put it on hold at the library!
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I loved this book - and by that I mean the physical book. The texture, the colors, the drawings and the fact that it glows in the dark are among the the things I enjoyed. Really, it GLOWS in the dark.The information in the book reads like observations and fun facts distributed among the drawings. It...
Peace, Love & Books
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5.0 Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie: A Tale of Love and Fallout
A brilliant, vibrant work of imagination.
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