Book ID: CBB001252734

Radioactive: Marie and Pierre Curie, A Tale of Love and Fallout (2011)

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Redniss, Lauren (Author)


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Publication Date: 2011
Physical Details: 205 pp.; ill.; maps; bibl.
Language: English

In 1891, 24 year old Marie, née Marya 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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Description Links the story of Marie and Pierre Curie with the subsequent history of radioactivity in the 20th century.


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Review Bigg, Charlotte (2013) Review of "Radioactive: Marie and Pierre Curie, A Tale of Love and Fallout". Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences (pp. 179-180). unapi

Review Alkana, Linda Kelly (2013) Review of "Radioactive: Marie and Pierre Curie, A Tale of Love and Fallout". History Teacher (p. 625). unapi

Essay Review Pasachoff, Naomi (2013) Radioactivity Redux [Review Essay Number 1500178]. Metascience: An International Review Journal for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Science (pp. 63-68). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Kauffman, George B.
Eva Hemmungs Wirtén
Pasachoff, Naomi
Blanc, Karin
Fredrickson, Anne
Charles River Editors
Journals
The Chemical Educator
Metascience: An International Review Journal for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Science
Social Studies of Science
Physics in Perspective
Historia Scientiarum: International Journal of the History of Science Society of Japan
Feministische Studien
Publishers
Charles River Editors
Wiley
Uppsala University, Office for the History of Science
University of Chicago Press
Prometheus
Obrador Edèndum, PURV; Santa Coloma de Queralt: Edèndum Obrador, Purves
Concepts
Chemistry
Radioactivity
Biographies
Physics
Nobel Prizes
Women in science
People
Curie, Marie Sklodowska
Curie, Pierre
Curie, family
Joliot-Curie, Irène
Joliot-Curie, Frédéric
Yamada, Nobuo
Time Periods
20th century, early
19th century
20th century
Places
France
Scotland
United States
Netherlands
Poland
Italy
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