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Radioactive: Marie and Pierre Curie Lauren Redniss

Radioactive: Marie and Pierre Curie

Lauren Redniss

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via NPR:When the Polish-French scientist Marie Curie reflected on her fame, she was nonplussed: When they talk about my splendid work it seems to me that Im already dead — that Im looking at myself dead. Five years later, she passed away,Morevia NPR:When the Polish-French scientist Marie Curie reflected on her fame, she was nonplussed: When they talk about my splendid work it seems to me that Im already dead — that Im looking at myself dead. Five years later, she passed away, killed by the radioactive materials she and her husband, Pierre, spent decades studying. Their discoveries would later be used to treat cancer, but also to wage a new, unspeakable type of war — the couple changed the world in good and bad ways even they might not have been able to anticipate. Lauren Redniss biography of the Curies is fascinating, heartbreaking and indisputably original — the text (printed in a font designed by Redniss) is accompanied by the authors stunningly beautiful artwork, in radiant shades of blue, green and orange. Its not often a critic gets to say this, but theres never been a book quite like this before.