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Marie Curie by Susan Quinn
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Oct 29, 2009

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As a piece of writing, I'd rate this biography as merely adequate. Quinn's style is unfortunately rather pedestrian and, occasionally, even sentimental. Marie Curie herself, however, remains a fascinating subject, and there is much to learn about her here, both as a scientist and a historical figure and celebrity at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries. For better or worse, Mme. Curie's co-discovery of radium and her lifelong search for other radioactive elements profoundly affected (and continues to affect)human health and history.

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