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Marie Curie: A Life (Radcliffe Biography Series)by Susan Quinn
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One hundred years ago, Marie Curie discovered radioactivity, for which she won the Nobel Prize in physics. In 1911 she won an unprecedented second Nobel Prize, this time in chemistry, for isolating new radioactive elements. Despite these achievements, or perhaps because of her fame, she has remained a saintly, unapproachable genius. From family documents and a private journal only recently made available, Susan Quinn at last tells the full human story. From the stubborn sixteen-year-old studying science at night while working as a governess, to her romance and scientific partnership with Pierre Curie—an extraordinary marriage of equals—we feel her defeats as well as her successes: her rejection by the French Academy, her unbearable grief at Pierres untimely and gruesome death, and her retreat into a love affair with a married fellow scientist, causing a scandal which almost cost her the second Nobel Prize. In Susan Quinns fully dimensional portrait, we come at last to know this complicated, passionate, brilliant woman.
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Synthesizes the current understanding of the occurrence, structure, chemistry, genetics, assembly, function, and application potential of the monomolecular arrays of protein or glycoprotein subunits now known to be one of the most common surface structures found in prokaryotic organisms. Each of the eight chapters is self-contained to provide a focused treatment of such aspects as chemical composition and biosynthesis, the analysis of proteins and genes, vaccine development based on the technology of the layers, and molecular nanotechnology and biomimetics.
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"One hundred years ago, Marie Curie discovered radioactivity, for which she won the Nobel Prize in physics. In 1911 she won an unprecedented second Nobel Prize, this time in chemistry, for isolating ne"
A brilliant, often surprising portrait--based on new information--that is sure to be the definitive work on one of history's greatest women. Quinn shows in this richly textured work, a well-rounded, in-depth view of Curie as a scientist, a woman, a wife and a lover. 16 pages of photos; notes; index.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -484) and index.
About the Author
Susan Quinn is the author of two highly praised biographies: A Mind of Her Own: The Life of Karen Horney and Marie Curie: A Life. She lives in Brookline, Massachusetts.
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