Radioactive by Lauren Redniss

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Radioactive by Lauren Redniss

Radioactiveby Lauren RednissGlog by Savannah Lund

Lauren Redniss reading from Radioactive at the 2011 National Book Awards.

Marie CurieShe wins the Female Empowerment Award for being the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, the first female faculty member of l'École Normale Supérieure, and the first female professor at the University of Paris. She never let her gender or others' ideas of her gender stop her in her goals.

Pierre CurieHe wins the Best Partner in Chemistry Award. He and Marie Curie worked together in partnership to discover polonium and radium. The two were so inseparable until his untimely death that he offered to move back to Poland with Marie to preserve their relationship in the early years.

Paul Langevin He wins the Least Cool Duel Award. Marie Curie and Langevin had an affair while Langevin was married after Curie's husband had passed away. Langevin dueled a man to protect Curie's honor. In the end, both men put their guns down, and no one was harmed.

Irène Joliot-CurieShe wins the Legacy Award. She and her husband, Frédéric Joliot-Curie, carried on her parents' legacy of a partnership both in chemistry and in romance. The two of them won a Nobel Prize in chemistry for their discovery of artificial radioactivity.

Summary:Radioactive tells the life of Marie Curie in regard to her scientific discoveries and personal relationships. Examples, including interviews and historical documents, of the use of radioactivity since Curie's life are included to give a full picture of the history and potential for radioactivity.


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