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This is an interesting and readable introduction to the scientist. Born in Warsaw, Poland, in 1867, Marya Salomee Sklodowska grew up with three sisters and one brother. Her mother and oldest sister died when she was 10. She valued learning and was determined from a young age to continue her education in spite of the challenges of poverty and gender. In her teens, she attended a "Floating University" that operated in defiance of Russian rule. She moved to Paris to continue her studies. There, she met Pierre Curie, and she devoted her life to research, first with him and then without, following his tragic, accidental death. Yannuzzi paints a picture of an amazing woman who overcame one obstacle after another to win the Nobel Prize twice. Black-and-white and color illustrations are included. This book pairs well with Carla Killough McClafferty's excellent Something Out of Nothing (Farrar, 2006), which has more detailed information on Curie's research and its repercussions.
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