Marie Curie and the Science of Radioactivity
Marie Curie and the Science of Radioactivity   -     By: Naomi Pasachoff
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Marie Curie and the Science of Radioactivity

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Now for the first time, Oxford offers the general public a series of readable, accessible biographies of major scientists. These illustrated biographies combine intelligible technical information with compelling personal stories to portray the scientists whose work has shaped our understanding of the natural world. In this inspiring biography, Naomi Pasachoff reveals the many sides of Marie Curie: wife, mother, professional woman, scientist, and celebrity. Throughout her life, Curie's passion for science propelled her to make do with little. Her first laboratory was an unused corner in her husband Pierre's workplace. Her second was a rude shed, where her experiments with uranium led to her discovery of radioactivity and to two Nobel Prizes. Pasachoff also investigates touchier episodes of Curie's life; her affair with a married colleague after her husband's death, and the harsh treatment she received from the French press. Using clear, understandable language, Pasachoff details Curie's scientific discoveries and the legacy she left through her research, her teaching, and her lifelong commitment to the welfare of humankind.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 112
Vendor: Oxford University Press
Publication Date: 1997
Dimensions: 9.25 X 6.50 X .25 (inches)
ISBN: 0195120116
ISBN-13: 9780195120110

Publisher's Description

Marie Curie discovered radium and went on to lead the scientific community in studying the theory behind and the uses of radioactivity. She left a vast legacy to future scientists through her research, her teaching, and her contributions to the welfare of humankind. She was the first person to win two Nobel Prizes, yet upon her death in 1934, Albert Einstein was moved to say, "Marie Curie is, of all celebrated beings, the only one whom fame has not corrupted." She was a physicist, a wife and mother, and a groundbreaking professional woman. This biography is an inspirational and exciting story of scientific discovery and personal commitment.

Oxford Portraits in Science is an on-going series of scientific biographies for young adults. Written by top scholars and writers, each biography examines the personality of its subject as well as the thought process leading to his or her discoveries. These illustrated biographies combine accessible technical information with compelling personal stories to portray the scientists whose work has shaped our understanding of the natural world.

Editorial Reviews

"This well-written account of the life and work of the Polish-born French chemist provides and in-depth look at the person as well as the scientist whose work with radioactivity led to two Nobel Prizes."--The Horn Book Guide

"An intelligent chronicle of Curie's life, from her struggle to educate herself in Russian-occupied Poland to her successes in France; her pioneering work with her husband; and her troubles and triumphs after his death.... A perceptive and informative biography."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"While there are a number of effective biographies of Marie Curie available, this one has the advantage of focusing attention on the scientific aspects of her discoveries and presenting her life for an older audience."--School Library Journal

"A fascinating profile that combines personal information not found in other YA resources with a fairly detailed account of Curie's research.... A chronology and an extensive bibliography round out a book that will be a valuable addition to both school and public library collections."--Booklist

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