Marie Curie: A Life

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Da Capo Press, 1995 - Biography & Autobiography - 509 pages
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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 Curie—an extraordinary marriage of equals—we 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.
  

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User Review  - Thomas - Goodreads

If you are interested in the details of Marie Curies daily life almost from cradle to grave, then this is the book for you. If you want to learn anything about her science you will have to look ... Read full review

Review: Marie Curie: A Life

User Review  - Robin Ryan - Goodreads

A thorough journey through the fascinating life of a woman who won two Nobel Prizes and gave birth to a daughter who would also win a Nobel. Marie Curie was an intellectual force, and the life she lived had challenges that she continued to overcome and almost always come through the victor. Read full review

Contents

A Family with Convictions
18
A Double Life
44
Some Very Hard Days
63
A Precious Sense of Liberty
86
A Beautiful Thing
105
Everything Hoped For
126
Discovery
146
A Theory of Matter
161
Rejection
274
Scandal
296
Recovery
333
Serving France
354
America
377
A Thousand Bonds
401
Legacies
419
Notes
436

The Prize
188
Turning Toward Home
211
Desolation and Despair
228
A New Alchemy
248

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About the author (1995)

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.

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