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The best-selling, excellent...poignant--and scientifically lucid--portrait (New York Times Book Review) of the remarkable Marie Curie.

The myth of Marie Curie--the penniless Polish immigrant who, through genius and obsessive persistence, endured years of toil and deprivation to produce radium, a luminous panacea for all the world's ills including cancer--has obscured the remarkable truth behind her discoveries. Curie's shrewd though controversial insight was that radioactivity was an atomic property that could be used to discover new elements. While her work won her two Nobel Prizes and transformed our world, it did not liberate her from the prejudices of either the male-dominated scientific community or society. Here is an all-too-human woman trying to balance science, love, and the family values that constitute her legacy.

Using original research (family interviews, diaries, letters, and workbooks that had been sealed for over sixty years) to peel away the layers of myth and reveal the woman behind the icon, the acclaimed author and historian Barbara Goldsmith offers a dazzling portrait of Curie, her amazing discoveries, and the price she paid for fame. 15 photographs. Reading group guide included.

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Through family interviews, diaries, letters, and workbooks that had been sealed for over sixty years, Barbara Goldsmith reveals the Marie Curie behind the myth--an all-too-human woman struggling to balance a spectacular scientific career, a demanding family, the prejudice of society, and her own passionate nature. Obsessive Genius is a dazzling portrait of Curie, her amazing scientific success, and the price she paid for fame.

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The best-selling, "excellent . . . poignant--and scientifically lucid-- portrait" (New York Times Book Review) of the remarkable Marie Curie.... "Never a dull moment. . . . Goldsmith leads the reader through a wonderland of facts with just the right blend of science and story. In the end, the mystery of the great Madame [Curie] remains, but a deeper understanding of what she went through as a woman and a scientist shines as strong as her radium."--San Francisco Chronicle "Bestselling historian Goldsmith incisively chronicles [Curie's] intensely dramatic life. . . . Her powerful portrait reveals a woman of great passion, genius, and pain who changed the world."--Booklist, starred review

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Using original research--diaries, letters, and family interviews--to peel away the layers of myth and reveal the woman behind the icon, acclaimed author and historian Goldsmith offers a dazzling portrait of Marie Curie, her amazing discoveries, and the price she paid for fame.

About the Author

Barbara Goldsmith's previous bestsellers include Little Gloria . . . Happy at Last, Johnson v. Johnson, and Other Powers: The Age of Suffrage, Spiritualism, and the Scandalous Victoria Woodhull. She lives in New York City

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SeattleMom, January 23, 2012 (view all comments by SeattleMom)
This is an amazing book! Barbara Goldsmith not only recreates Professor Marie Curie's life but answers many questions I've been puzzled about WW II, French historical connection to Radium and Professor Curie's important impact to physics and chemistry. There is no getting past chapters before the book becomes too good to put down. This book captures the reader at the introduction.
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peter in port, March 25, 2008 (view all comments by peter in port)
Barbara Goldsmith presents a concise, cogent biography of one of the twentieth century's great figures. Marie Curie suffered through a painfully poor childhood, the loss of her mother at an early age, and prejudice to become the first female Nobel prize winner. Madame Curie's life story is told simply, yet movingly in a well written fashion. The bizarre twists of her life, her discoveries, and her personal triumphs over many setbacks are tied together nicely in this readable work.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780393327489
Author:
Goldsmith
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Author:
Goldsmith, Barbara
Subject:
Women
Subject:
History
Subject:
Scientists
Subject:
Chemists
Subject:
Scientists - General
Subject:
Curie, Marie
Subject:
Chemists - Poland
Subject:
Science & Technology
Subject:
Biography-Scientists
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Great Discoveries
Publication Date:
October 2005
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
15 photographs
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8 x 5.4 x 0.7 in 0.53 lb

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Science and Mathematics » Physics » Nuclear

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"Synopsis" by , Through family interviews, diaries, letters, and workbooks that had been sealed for over sixty years, Barbara Goldsmith reveals the Marie Curie behind the myth--an all-too-human woman struggling to balance a spectacular scientific career, a demanding family, the prejudice of society, and her own passionate nature. Obsessive Genius is a dazzling portrait of Curie, her amazing scientific success, and the price she paid for fame.
"Synopsis" by , The best-selling, "excellent . . . poignant--and scientifically lucid-- portrait" (New York Times Book Review) of the remarkable Marie Curie.... "Never a dull moment. . . . Goldsmith leads the reader through a wonderland of facts with just the right blend of science and story. In the end, the mystery of the great Madame [Curie] remains, but a deeper understanding of what she went through as a woman and a scientist shines as strong as her radium."--San Francisco Chronicle "Bestselling historian Goldsmith incisively chronicles [Curie's] intensely dramatic life. . . . Her powerful portrait reveals a woman of great passion, genius, and pain who changed the world."--Booklist, starred review
"Synopsis" by , Using original research--diaries, letters, and family interviews--to peel away the layers of myth and reveal the woman behind the icon, acclaimed author and historian Goldsmith offers a dazzling portrait of Marie Curie, her amazing discoveries, and the price she paid for fame.
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