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A detailed and fascinating account of the tulmultuous, passionate life and works of Marie Curie, one of the most exceptional--and most misunderstood--scientists of the twentieth century.
Long upheld as a standard of independence and achievement in a time of extreme chauvinism within the scientific community, Marie Curie has often been cast as a secular saint who sacrificed her life for her contributions to science. But Marie Curie was no pedestal-riding Victorian effigy. Her scientific collaborations with her husband, Pierre, and later her Nobel Prize-winning daughter, Irene Joliot-Curie, are amon the most innovative and productive partnerships of the century, resulting in major advances in nuclear physics and treatments for cancer and other diseases. And when Marie Curie's passionate love for science sparked an affair with the married French physicist Paul Langevin, her international fame turned abruptly into such notoriety that the Nobel Prize committee pressured her to give up her second award.
Revealing the intensity, dedication, and determination of one of the century's most inspiring single working mothers, Curie and Radioactivity is for anyone curious about the "female Einstein," and even more important for all those who want to understand her groundbreaking contributions to nuclear physics--contributions that ultimately cost her her life.