Obsessive Genius: The Inner World of Marie Curie

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 256 pages
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Curie (1867-1934) is still regarded by most as the pre-eminent woman scientist of the 20th century. This biography illuminates both the public Curie, a tireless scientist, and the private one, a woman who suffered bouts of severe depression, was distant from her children and scarred deeply by the accidental death of her scientist husband, Pierre, in 1906. Using long-sealed Curie family archives, Goldsmith offers a well-rounded view of Curie. Goldsmith also reminds us that Curie overcame obstacles, including pervasive sexism within the scientific community that almost cost her the Nobel Prize.
  

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User Review  - Chrissie - Goodreads

I finished this and thought it was very good, maybe quite simply because Marie Curie had such an interesting life, rather than the author's writing skills. Fascinating and moving. Science details are ... Read full review

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Thrilling account of the mentally aggressive habits and personal relationships of Marie Curie. Inspiring. Read full review

Contents

Introduction
13
Early Influences
20
I Came Through It All Honestly
33
Paris
45
Pierre
53
CHAPTERS Remarkable Accidents
61
The Question Was Entirely New
68
The Best Sprinters
80
My Children Cannot Awaken Life in Me
145
The Chemistry of the Invisible
154
Honor and Dishonor
165
She Is Very Obstinate
177
All My Strength
183
The Making of a Myth
191
To Pass the Torch
205
Maries Legacy
220

CHAPTERS A Beautiful Color
89
What Is the Source of the Energy?
101
I Will Make Him an Help Meet for Him
107
The Disaster of Our Lives
114
We Were Happy
127
The Metamorphosis
135
Acknowledgments
234
Notes
237
Selected Bibliography
249
Photo Credits
256
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Barbara Goldsmith is a social historian and the author of "Little Gloria...Happy at Last" and "Johnson v. Johnson." She lives in New York City.

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