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Posted January 1, 2012
¿Radioactive¿ by Lauren Redniss. A beautifully illustrated, if strangely chosen, pastiche on the life and love of Marie and Pierre Curie and the impact of their work in science on the world. The book is in the style of short vignettes, printed on multi-colored pages in triangular and other unusual formats with colored fonts (which are sometimes difficult to read) intermingled with abstract , a few photographs and a copy of an FBI report. The story of the Curies and of their offspring the Joliet-Curies and of Marie¿s later liason with Langevin are interesting and coherent. However, the choice of intermingled vignettes presumably illustrating the impact of the Curies¿ scientific work on the world is quite odd an uniformed: there is a vignette on 250 young women who suffered from radiation effects due to licking the paint brushes used to apply radium containing paint to watch numerals and another on a couple who were convinced that their repeated visits to a Montana mine converted to a radon health spa had saved the wife¿s life, but no mention of the enormous benefits to billions of medical X-rays, radiation therapy and nuclear electricity.
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