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Obsessive Genius: The Inner World of Marie Curie (Great Discoveries Series)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2005

    A Winner!

    I've not read Ms. Goldsmith's work before but I am enchanted by her balanced, realistic, and utterly convincing portrait of a real human, a woman, an ethnic (Polish) underdog, a depressive achiever, who accomplished so much and suffered so much for it. She touched me deeply. Marie (and her family) are the paradigm of achievement and sacrifice in our contemporary world ... 19th Century ... 21st Century, no matter. The Kennedys might be an American analogue in politics ... When I was a kid, my own mother (a gentle feminist) insisted that I read Eve Curie's biogaphy of her mother, Marie, written more than 60 years ago, It was a world where the scientists, mathematicians, librarians, teachers, philosophers, humanists, took us one-and-one- half steps forward, while the politicians, warriors, lawyers and profiteers dragged us a full step backwards. Nowhere is this more odious than today, where science has been attacked and downgraded. Revealed knowledge has gained a respectibility that takes us back thousands of years into the Dark Ages. Empirical, testable, repeatable scientific knowledge is hard-won. Once validated by repeated challenge, it transports us into better times as a species. A day after reading Goldsmith's biography I still feel warring emotions and numbness. Joy at the devotion and blinding intelligence of the Curies who manifest the best in our species. Deep sadness at the persistent dismal human condition and how we in aggregate make it so much worse for each other across the globe. We are frail and we are corruptible. Worse, because we today could make it better if we only traded our swords for plowshares. Goldsmith's biography is a perfect read at Christmas- time, as we all consider our religions, our futures, the very nature of our existance, and the meaning of the Christ Child and his sacrifices. Special kudos to Goldsmith for her intelligent perusal of new documents in their original language. We owe her a great debt for scholarship and her humanity.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2004

    Obsessive Genius: The Inner World of Marie Curie

    Obsessive Genius is an utterly fascinating portrait of a hallowed and difficult subject. If you are a fan of Goldsmith's work, (I am) you will immediately see that she is the perfect person to give Curie the complexity and dimension she deserves --as a scientist and as a woman. It's a short book which is by turns moving, informative, and intriguingly unexpected. I couldn't put it down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2004

    Obsessive Genius: The Inner World of Marie Curie

    This book is the perfect holiday gift. I'm sending it to people of all ages from 10 up. What a wonderful story, it's a page turner. It is hard to believe the life she led and her belief in the spirits. I always thought of her as a dull goddess but that love's a wow and it came from her hidden diary. For the first time I understood the science behind Madame Curie's accomplishments. The author is so clear. Finally, I would say this story is not just for holidays. People will be reading and enjoying it for years to come.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2004

    Obsessive Genius: The Inner World of Marie Curie

    The author has discovered the truth of Marie Curie's Dickensian, impoverished childhood, has read papers sealed for 60 years (some radioactive!)to get this incredible story, the truth behind the legend. Every library should have this sensational and deeply informative book and so should book clubs and anyone who wants a great read. A bestseller for sure. If there wre more than five stars that's how I'd rate it. A must read!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2004

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    Through origional research the myth of Marie Curie explodes into an in-depth study of her inner world, one of torment and of glory. This book has sold in eight languages and is a selection of the Book of the Month Club,the History Book club, the Quality Paperback Book Club and the Scientific American Book Club.

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