Marie Curie, the woman who coined the term radioactivity, won not just one Nobel Prize but two?in physics and chemistry, both supposedly girl-phobic sciences.
Gr 4-8-A refreshing look at the renowned scientist, warts and all. Curie was born in Poland in 1867 to a family that valued education. She worked as a governess and saved money until she could move to Paris to study at the Sorbonne. After receiving degrees in science and math, she pursued lab research with her husband, Pierre. She later discovered two new elements, polonium and radium, and won Nobel Prizes in both physics and chemistry. In World War I, she served her country by developing mobile X-ray machines for use in the field and, after the war, opened her Radium Institute to pursue research. This enlightening portrait of Curie goes beyond the basic facts of her life. It conveys her successes and remarkable achievements, but also the affair the widowed Curie had with a married man and her workaholic nature. The scattered drawings further humanize the subject but add little to the presentation. Nonetheless, this is a realistic portrait of a flesh-and-blood woman, not just a famous name.-Kristen Oravec, Stephen S. Wise Elementary School, Los Angeles Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
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March 18, 2009
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