By Marilyn Bailey Ogilvie
Marie Curie (1867-1934) was once some of the most vital girl scientists in historical past, and he or she was once probably the most influential scientistsâ€”man or womanâ€”of the twentieth century. Curie postulated that radiation was once an atomic estate, a discovery that has ended in major medical advancements for the reason that. She was once additionally the 1st individual to take advantage of the time period radioactivity. Her perseverance resulted in the invention of 2 new parts, polonium and radium. this mix of creativity and perseverance netted her Nobel Prizes, one in physics and the second one in chemistry. This booklet, notwithstanding, seems at greater than her medical achievements. whereas Curie is frequently portrayed as a stern, one-dimensional lady so absolutely devoted to her technology that she was once incapable of advanced feelings, if truth be told that the other is the case.
Marie Curie: A Biography covers her whole lifetime, starting along with her formative years and schooling in a Poland lower than the oppressive rule of the czar of Russia. The publication discusses all aspectsâ€”both own and scientificâ€”of her attention-grabbing lifestyles:
Â· Her schooling on the Sorbonne in Paris, the place she earned the an identical of 2 master's degreesâ€”one in physics and a moment in mathematics
Â· Her marriage to Pierre Curie, with whom she collaborated on a lot of her clinical work
Â· the non-public scandal that surrounded Marie within the aftermath of Pierre's tragic death
Â· The Nobel Prize awards, and the detractors who believed that her paintings was once truly played through her husband
Curie's paintings in setting up cellular X-ray devices in the course of international battle I, and the institution of radium institutes to check radiation
Running all through there's the a lot of the e-book is the stress among radium as a favorable discovery and, nonetheless, the health and wellbeing hazards that operating with it provides. The publication contains a timeline of significant occasions in Curie's existence and a bibliography of vital basic and secondary sources.
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Additional info for Marie Curie: A Biography
Pierre absorbed the idealistic views of his ancestors and, although he was interested in social questions, he largely had put them aside for scientiﬁc ones. Like Marie, Pierre was shy and introverted and totally devoted to science. They shared a distrust of traditional religion. Since Eugène Curie was an avid republican and skeptic, neither of his sons was baptized nor exposed to religion. Nevertheless, they were imbued with a sense of reverence for their environment. Pierre was of a contemplative nature, and his father, Eugène, decided that a traditional school would have a detrimental effect on his retiring, daydreaming son.
Marie was given permission to work at the school with Pierre, although she would have to ﬁnance her own proposed research. She found that Pierre’s knowledge and experience broadened her own comprehension. 10 It involved the way in which the magnetic properties of various tempered steels varied with their chemical composition. She was supplied with free samples of steels and had the advice of a leading physicist, Pierre, and a leading chemist, Henri Le Chatelier (1850–1936). Although the paper lacked originality, it gave her the type of experience she would need to pursue her next, highly creative project.
Far from being lonely, Marie relished living by herself. She could have the freedom to do exactly what she wanted to do when she wanted to do it. Money, however, was a constant problem. She had given up free room and board and now had to support herself on her meager savings and the small sums her father sent her. Living close to the University in the Latin Quarter she lived in poverty, as did other students. Marie’s status was equally wretched. Her attic room (she was at the top of six ﬂights of stairs) was without heat, lighting, and water.