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Radioactive

Radioactive

Marie & Pierre Curie, A Tale of Love & Fallout

Book - 2011 | 1st ed
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Presents the professional and private lives of Marie and Pierre Curie, examining their personal struggles, the advancements they made in the world of science, and the issue of radiation in the modern world.
Publisher: New York : !t Books, ©2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780061351327
0061351326
Call Number: BIO 540.92 CURIE 2011
Characteristics: 205 pages : chiefly illustrations (chiefly color), color maps ; 29 cm
Additional Contributors: Go Big Read (Program)

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A unique illustrated biography of the two scientists chronicling their romance, their discovery of new elements and study of radioactivity, and unexpected tragedy. An art object as much as a book.

This National Book Award finalist presents the professional and private lives of Marie and Pierre Curie, examining their personal struggles, the advancements they made in the world of science, and the issue of radiation in the modern world.

This is the award winning professional and personal story of Marie and Pierre Curie.


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laurahobson
Sep 14, 2020

I still think about this book. A treasure to hold and to read. Put this book in a dark room for a surprise!

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daliajonikas
Aug 20, 2020

Literally, the most beautiful book I have ever read. I saw the 1943 movie with Greer Garson and thought this book might be a repeat of that, but there was so much more in Radioactive. Marie and Pierre Curie had no idea that the toxic chemicals they were working with would cause so many physical ailments for them, and even later for their daughter and husband doing similar research.
There are so many consequences, both negative and positive, that I was not aware of resulting from their research. Examples are the atomic bomb, three mile island, cancer treatment and many, many others.
I say the book is beautiful because of the illustrations and typeface. Sometimes there are two pages with nothing but art. Other times one sentence goes across two pages. So different from an normally illustrated book.
Some good dirt at the end. The movie doesn't go into Marie's love affair with a married man after Pierre died. Big scandal in Paris at the time.

DBRL_ReginaF Sep 16, 2019

I love this book! It's a bit of a meandering history of all things radioactive but mostly of Marie Curie. I have a hard time imagining it as a movie, but I can't wait to see it. One word of caution: if you are light sensitive, don't leave this one on your bedside table - the cover glows in the dark.

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TedSF
May 08, 2019

"RADIOACTIVE", the life of Mme. Curie is a stunning graphic novel. It is both an exciting story of science and of women's accomplishments, for the only woman to have won the Nobel prize twice. It is truly inspiring in not merely her persistence but in how the shared exploration of science with her husband was so important to both of them, even at the cost of their lives. I hope that this will inspire many young women, making them appreciate how their distinctive individual intelligence and drive against great intellectual bias, can in the end be extremely satisfying and notable, for themselves and as an example for younger generations.
Another graphic novel in this vein is Andrea Wulfl''s book on "THE ADVENTURES OF ALEXANDER VON HUMBOLT, illustrated by Lillian Mercer. After reading that, readers will appreciate the recent biography von Humbolt, one of the 19th Century's exemplary scientists.
~ TED

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mclarjh
Aug 13, 2018

Lovely illustrations, but hard to read; I wonder what the point of the book was, as science wasn't explained; for the coffee table.

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mammothhawk229e
Jul 18, 2018

Deliberate hot mess mixed media bibliographical graphic novel of the Curries peppered with historical ripple events like Manhattan Project security report copy, Chernobyl radiation map, paper metaphorical replica of Hiroshima survivor's father to preparation of nuclear explosion tests (surface to underground).

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elizabeth88_1
Aug 24, 2017

Marie Curie was a brave but foolhardy woman to expose herself to radium the way she did! But it was all for science so she obviously thought it was worth the sacrifice!

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mountaininabottle
Apr 12, 2016

Far more than the typical scientific hagiography, the author includes several digressions that illuminate the equivocal consequences of her research. Wait until you see the mutant flowers of Three Mile Island!

mallc Jan 05, 2016

LOVE this book. A gentle, spacey, and beautiful re-telling of the story of Marie and Pierre Curie and the radiation that propelled their lives and ended them.

morrisonist Oct 05, 2015

Whoa, oh, oh
Whoa, oh, oh
Whoa, oh, oh
Whoa

I'm waking up to ash and dust
I wipe my brow and I sweat my rust
I'm breathing in the chemicals

I'm breaking in, shaping up, then checking out on the prison bus
This is it, the apocalypse
Whoa

I'm waking up, I feel it in my bones
Enough to make my system blow
Welcome to the new age, to the new age
Welcome to the new age, to the new age
Whoa, oh, oh, oh, oh, whoa, oh, oh, oh, I'm radioactive, radioactive
Whoa, oh, oh, oh, oh, whoa, oh, oh, oh, I'm radioactive, radioactive

I raise my flag and dye my clothes
It's a revolution, I suppose
We're painted red to fit right in
Whoa

I'm breaking in, shaping up, then checking out on the prison bus
This is it, the apocalypse
Whoa

I'm waking up, I feel it in my bones
Enough to make my system blow
Welcome to the new age, to the new age
Welcome to the new age, to the new age
Whoa, oh, oh, oh, oh, whoa, oh, oh, oh, I'm radioactive, radioactive
Whoa, oh, oh, oh, oh, whoa, oh, oh, oh, I'm radioactive, radioactive

All systems go, the sun hasn't died
Deep in my bones, straight from inside

I'm waking up, I feel it in my bones
Enough to make my system blow
Welcome to the new age, to the new age
Welcome to the new age, to the new age
Whoa, oh, oh, oh, oh, whoa, oh, oh, oh, I'm radioactive, radioactive
Whoa, oh, oh, oh, oh, whoa, oh, oh, oh, I'm radioactive, radioactive

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