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Marie Curie: a life by "In this stunning and richly textured new biography, Susan Quinn presents us with a far more complicated picture of the woman we thought we knew. Drawing on family documents, Quinn sheds new light on the tragic losses and patriotic passion that infused Marie Sklodowska Curie's early years in Poland. And through access to Marie Curie's journal, closed to researchers until 1990, we hear in her own words of the intimacy and joy of her marriage to Pierre Curie and the depth of her despair at his premature death." "The image of Marie Curie as the grieving widow, attired always in black, is familiar to many of us. Much less well known is the affair with a married colleague that helped her recover from her loss. The testimonials of friends, hitherto unavailable, lend this love story a sometimes painful immediacy." "Marie Curie's public triumphs are well known: she was the first woman to receive a Nobel Prize and one of the few people, to date, to receive a second. Unknown or barely known are the defeats she suffered: her rejection by the French Academy and her public humiliation at the hands of the French press over her love affair." "As a scientist, Marie Curie has always been associated with the discovery of radium and polonium. But in fact more important than her work in isolating new elements was her idea that radioactivity was "an atomic process." Susan Quinn's biography provides a closer look at Marie Curie's work, and at the discoveries that led up to it and flowed from it. We come away understanding that Marie Curie was important but not singular: one of a small group of brilliant scientists whose combined efforts brought us to our current understanding of the material universe."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Call Number: 540.92 C975Q7 , 1995
Publication Date: 1995-03-09
Something Out of Nothing: Marie Curie and radium by Marie Curie's story has fascinated and inspired young readersdecades. The poor Polish girl who worked eight years to be ableto afford to attend the Sorbonne in Paris became one of themost important scientists of her day, winning not one but twoNobel Prizes. Her life is a fascinating one, filled with hard work,humanitarianism, and tragedy. Her work with her husband,Pierre - the study of radioactivity and the discovery of theelements radium and polonium - changed science forever. Butshe is less well known for her selfless efforts during World Warto establish mobile X-ray units so that wounded French soldierscould get better care faster. When she stood to profit greatlyfrom her scientific work, she chose not to, making her methodsand findings known and available to all of science. As a result,this famous woman spent most of her life in need of money,often to buy the very elements she discovered.Marie Curie's life and work are given a fresh telling, one thatalso explores the larger picture of the effects of radium in worldculture, and its exploitation and sad misuse.
Call Number: J 540.92 C975M1
Publication Date: 2006-03-21