Learn about the life and work of Marie Curie, who risked her life for science. The winner of not one, but two, Nobel Prizes for Physics and Chemistry, Marie Curie discovered two elements, radium and polonium, which cannot be broken down any further by chemical means. Her work was her salvation, leading her from bouts of depression and fueling her to succeed in a world of "no girls allowed." Marie married Pierre Curie, a brilliant scientist, who gave up his research to help her move forward with hers (which was more ground-breaking). Despite the fact that Marie and her husband both died from overexposure to radiation, she would not have considered herself a martyr to science.
Talk about a ?glowing reputation?! Marie Curie, the woman who coined the term radioactivity, won not just one Nobel prize but two?in physics and in chemistry, both supposedly girl-phobic sciences. As with her previous star-studded biographies of Leonardo da Vinci, Isaac Newton, and Sigmund Freud?all three chosen as ALA Notable Books?Kathleen Krull offers readers a fascinating portrait of this mythic ?giant of science? who abhorred publicity. And she also places Curie?s ground-breaking discovery of two elements within the framework of science at that time.
Krull presents another top-notch scientific biography in the outstanding Giants of Science series. Readers have come to expect chatty, direct narratives that develop distinct characters and place those individuals squarely in the context of both their times and their disciplines, and this account of the noted physicists life delivers the goods. From her childhood in an oppressed Poland, the daughter of two highly educated individuals, Curie emerges as a driven woman, determined to excel for both her parents and her countrys sake, this drive informing everything that followed. As in previous series entries, this offering manages to take a wildly complex subjectatomic physicsand render it comprehensible to the child reader, emphasizing the legacy Curie left behind. Curies personal lifeher unusual (for the times) partnership with her husband, her frustration with the limitations imposed on her because of her sex, her difficulty balancing work and familyreceives admiring, but frank consideration. Readers will emerge from this account with a new appreciation for both the scientific and social advances made by Curie, whose towering achievements justly earn her a place among the "Giants."Kirkus, starred review
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