The Curies: A Biography of the Most Controversial Family in Science

Denis Brian (Author)
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Product Details

Price
$39.95  $36.75
Publisher
John Wiley & Sons
Publish Date
July 01, 2005
Pages
438
Dimensions
6.42 X 1.4 X 9.5 inches | 1.76 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9780471273912
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About the Author

DENIS BRIAN is the author of Einstein: A Life and Pulitzer: A Life, both published by Wiley. His other books include The True Gen: An Intimate Portrait of Hemingway by Those Who Knew Him and Genius Talk: Conversations with Nobel Scientists and Other Luminaries.

Reviews

" ... a magnificent work... " ("New Scientist," October 2005)
,.".a fascinating and important story...I really did want to keep turning the page and found out more..." ("www.popularscience.co.uk," February 2006)

.,."a magnificent work..." ("New Scientist," October 2005)
" ...a fascinating and important story...I really did want to keep turning the page and found out more..." ("www.popularscience.co.uk", February 2006)

."..a magnificent work..." ("New Scientist", October 2005)
From Publishers Weekly Starred Review. Brian, author of works on Einstein and Pulitzer, fills a significant gap in the Curie bookshelf with this engaging book that follows five generations of the Sklodowska-Curie-Joliot family. Beginning before Marie Sklodowska and Pierre Curie meet, Brian details their courtship and 11-year marriage, bringing the reader to the Curie dinner table and into the converted garden shed (replete with a leaking roof) where the Curies' work on polonium and radium transformed physics and won them two Nobel prizes. After Pierre's early death, Marie soldiered on for their children, Irene and Eve, and for their work, organizing X-ray equipment distribution during World War I and training numerous women to work at the Radium Institute. Irene, a nurse and wartime ambulance driver, began work in the laboratory with her mother after the war, later joining fellow assistant Frederic Joliot in a marital and career partnership similar to that of her parents'. Their joint Nobel came in 1935, a year after Marie's death. Eve, a journalist, wrote a best-selling biography of her mother and, during WWII, became a battlefield reporter. The fifth generation of this extraordinary family, Helene and Pierre Joliot-Curie, became eminent scientists, and the scientific tradition continues into the sixth generation. Brian's book illuminates 100 years of scientific history in its political and social contexts through the lives of this remarkable family. Extremely well-done and highly recommended.
Copyright (c) Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. From Booklist *Starred Review* Marie Curie is the only Nobel Prize winner who was ever discouraged by the awards committee from attending the ceremony. Both the revolutionary science and the public scandal that filled the life of Marie Curie receive illuminating scrutiny from Brian, a seasoned biographer of Nobel laureates. And in Marie Curie, Brian recognizes not an isolated g