Curie and the Science of Radioactivity

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This dramatic story tells of a studious Polish girl, Marya Sklodovska, who moved to Paris to study science. She soon changed her name to Marie and married fellow scientist Pierre Curie. Together they discovered the scientific principles that underlie radioactivity. In the process of their work, they discovered the then unknown element, radium. In 1903, Marie and Pierre Curie won the Nobel Prize for physics.

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Overview

This dramatic story tells of a studious Polish girl, Marya Sklodovska, who moved to Paris to study science. She soon changed her name to Marie and married fellow scientist Pierre Curie. Together they discovered the scientific principles that underlie radioactivity. In the process of their work, they discovered the then unknown element, radium. In 1903, Marie and Pierre Curie won the Nobel Prize for physics.

The Explosion Zone books combine vivid color illustrations and lively text to tell the stories of important scientists and inventors. Narratives are supplemented with easy-to-understand explanations of the scientific principles that underlie each phase of the invention or discovery being discussed. Imaginatively illustrated two-page spreads include sidebars called Here's the Science, explaining the principles of physics or chemistry that relate to the story. A glossary at the back of each book presents short definitions of scientific and technological terms.

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Gr 4-6-These inviting, clearly written biographies are packed with information. Each book has 12 brief chapters and starts with the subject's childhood. Each section has a "Here's the science" side box to clarify the text. For example, in Curie, transmutation, measuring radiation, and half-life are explained, and in Bell, Morse code, tuning fork, and telephone exchanges. The latter title also has several "Try it yourself" activities, including making a speaking tube and a string phone. The busy layouts are crowded with color cartoon illustrations and the subjects' personal thoughts and feelings. The pictures show, for the most part, happy, sometimes silly-looking people. The illustration of Pierre Curie being killed by a horse-drawn wagon verges on the comical, bringing inappropriate levity to a tragic event. Glossaries are good. Despite the somewhat distracting graphics, these titles offer plenty of facts for report writers.-Anne Chapman Callaghan, Racine Public Library, WI Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764159732
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/28/2006
  • Series: The Explosion Zone
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Ian Graham
Ian Graham is an experienced author of illustrated nonfiction books on a wide range of topics, including aviation and spaceflight. In 25 years, he has written more than 200 books and numerous magazine articles.
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