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Radioactive

Marie & Pierre Curie

By Lauren Redniss

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: Book
Author: Redniss, Lauren
Summary: Presents the professional and private lives of Marie and Pierre Curie, examining their personal struggles, the advancements they made in the world of science, and the issue of radiation in the modern world.
Title: Radioactive : Marie & Pierre Curie : a tale of love & fallout / by Lauren Redniss.
Publisher Date: New York : !t Books, c2010.
Subject: Curie family Curie, Marie, 1867-1934 Curie, Pierre, 1859-1906 Chemists -- Poland -- Biography Chemists -- France -- Biography Physicists -- France -- Biography
Isbn: 0061351326 9780061351327
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Call Number: 540.922 Red
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Bib Id: 370513

Format: Book
Author: Redniss, Lauren
Summary: Presents the professional and private lives of Marie and Pierre Curie, examining their personal struggles, the advancements they made in the world of science, and the issue of radiation in the modern world.
Title: Radioactive : Marie & Pierre Curie : a tale of love & fallout / by Lauren Redniss.
Edition: 1st ed.
Publisher, Date: New York : !t Books, c2010.
Description: 25 p. : ill. (some col.), col. maps ; 29 cm.
Subjects: Curie family
Subjects: Curie, Marie, 1867-1934
Subjects: Curie, Pierre, 1859-1906
Subjects: Chemists -- Poland -- Biography
Subjects: Chemists -- France -- Biography
Subjects: Physicists -- France -- Biography
Notes: Includes bibliographical references (p. 187-193).
LCCN: bl2010034654
ISBN: 0061351326
ISBN: 9780061351327
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Available Copies: 2
Total Copies: 2
Call Number: 540.922 Red