AUTHORRedniss, Lauren
TITLERadioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie, A Tale of Love and Fallout
CITYNew York, NY

This visually rich, eclectic biography of the Curies features the romance between Marie and Pierre, their scientific achievements, and selected seminal events in the atomic age. Its interesting format skillfully integrates artistic illustrations, both in color and black and white, within the engaging narrative. The author describes the romantic and scientific bonds between Marie and Pierre, whose work resulted in the discovery of the radioactive elements, polonium and radium. After recounting Pierre’s untimely death and Marie’s affair with Paul Langevin, the narrative continues with Marie's work with daughter Irene in providing X-ray photographs for wounded soldiers during World War I, her trip to the United States, and finally her death due to radiation exposure. The work concludes with the continuation of Marie’s research by Irene and her husband, Frederic Joliot-Curie. The attractive book provides an authentic, readable characterization of the featured scientists.

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