Marie Curie and Her Daughters

Marie Curie and Her Daughters

The Private Lives of Science's First Family

Book - 2012
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"Marie Curie was the first person to be honored by two Nobel Prizes and she pioneered the use of radiation therapy for cancer patients. But she was also a mother, widowed young, who raised two extraordinary daughters alone: Irene, a Nobel Prize winning chemist in her own right, who played an important role in the development of the atomic bomb, and Eve, a highly regarded humanitarian and journalist, who fought alongside the French Resistance during WWII. As a woman fighting to succeed in a male dominatedprofession and a Polish immigrant caught in a xenophobic society, she had to find ways to support her research. Drawing on personal interviews with Curie's descendents, as well as revelatory new archives, this is a wholly new story about Marie Curie--anda family of women inextricably connected to the dawn of nuclear physics"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York City : Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.
ISBN: 9780230115712
Branch Call Number: 540.922 EML
Characteristics: xx, 219 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm

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Jan 13, 2016

The first part of the book, which focuses mostly on the science that the Curie's are famous for, was really interesting. The last part of the book mostly focuses on the politics that Marie's daughters (and Marie's son-in-law) were involved in, and it seemed rather dry. If it had stuck with the science part, I would have given it a higher rating, because I though that part was nicely done.

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