Marie Curie and the Science of Radioactivity

Marie Curie and the Science of Radioactivity

Marie Curie and the Science of Radioactivity

Marie Curie and the Science of Radioactivity

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Oxford Portraits in Science is an ongoing series of scientific biographies for young adults. Each biography examines the personality of its subject as well as his or her discoveries, combining accessible technical information with numerous photographs, illustrations, and diagrams.

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In the Preface to her biography of her husband, Marie Curie wrote, [This narrative is, to be sure, neither complete nor perfect. I hope, nevertheless, that the picture it gives of Pierre Curie is not deformed, and that it will help to conserve his memory.] Without claiming to have the same intimate knowledge of Marie Curie as she had of her subject, I would like nonetheless to express the same hope with regard to the total picture my book presents of her.

I am grateful to Marie Curie not only for her felicitous phrasing of the previous sentiment but also for inspiring the wording of each of this book's chapter titles, which are based on quotations from the Autobiographical Notes that follow her biography of her husband.

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