One hundred years ago, Marie Curie discovered radioactivity, for which she won the Nobel Prize in physics. In 1911 she won an unprecedented second Nobel Prize, this time in chemistry, for isolating new radioactive elements. Despite these achievements, or perhaps because of her fame, she has remained a saintly, unapproachable genius. From family documents and a private journal only recently made available, Susan Quinn at last tells the full human story. From the stubborn sixteen-year-old studying science at night while working as a governess, to her romance and scientific partnership with Pierre Curiean extraordinary marriage of equalswe feel her defeats as well as her successes: her rejection by the French Academy, her unbearable grief at Pierre's untimely and gruesome death, and her retreat into a love affair with a married fellow scientist, causing a scandal which almost cost her the second Nobel Prize. In Susan Quinn's fully dimensional portrait, we come at last to know this complicated, passionate, brilliant woman.
|Publisher:||Da Capo Press|
|Series:||Radcliffe Biography Series|
|Product dimensions:||6.12(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.25(d)|
|Age Range:||14 - 18 Years|
About the Author
Susan Quinn is the author of two highly praised biographies: A Mind of Her Own: The Life of Karen Horney and Marie Curie: A Life. She lives in Brookline, Massachusetts.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a very detailed account of Marie Curie and her life. This book explains how Marie came into the field of science, which influenced her, and how her experiments and discoveries were viewed. Marie Curie was influenced by the strong women and political situations in her life. Her discoveries were praised worldwide, earning her the Nobel Prize in 1903.