Recommended; January 2011; Scientific American Magazine; by Kate Wong; 1 Page(s)
Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie, a Tale of Love and Fallout
by Lauren Redniss. HarperCollins, 2010
The story of Marie and Pierre Curie and their Nobel Prize–winning research on radiation has been oft told. But it finds new life in the hands of writer and artist Lauren Redniss, who weaves together deft narrative and vivid illustrations to create a thoroughly modern account of the scientific and romantic passions of the Curies, as well as the repercussions of their discoveries. Here Redniss describes how, following Marie’s observation of radioactivity in a mineral called pitchblende, the Curies isolated for the first time a compound containing radium, a radioactive element.