Kiri's Reviews > Radioactive: Marie and Pierre Curie, A Tale of Love and Fallout

Radioactive by Lauren Redniss
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it was amazing
bookshelves: cbpl

A charming, ethereal mixture of art and science and passion. I enjoyed reading (and savoring) this visual (literally glowing) tale of Marie and Pierre. Much of the first part of the book is told in their own words, and it's a pleasure to get to know their voices. Later parts of the narrative are interwoven with jumps forward into the future, capturing some of the myriad inventions, advances, and tragedies that the Curies enabled. The book is already rich with metaphor, and yet I couldn't help envisioning one not explicitly stated: that Marie and Pierre themselves had a radioactive effect on history, not only in their discoveries and advances but also in their influence on others and the trail of innovation they inspired in their children and grandchildren. They suffered for their work, but they couldn't let it go - half-life decay, indeed! Their ideas continue to knock into the heads of new scientists and to trigger new innovations in turn. An enjoyable and thought-provoking read!
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Reading Progress

May 17, 2019 – Shelved
May 17, 2019 – Shelved as: to-read
December 29, 2019 – Started Reading
December 31, 2019 – Finished Reading
February 1, 2020 – Shelved as: cbpl

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