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März 2003



Curie was not only the first woman to win a Nobel Prize she won it twice


Sarah Dry won the Rona Jaffe prize for creative non-fiction at Harvard University and went on to study at the London Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine and to do post-graduate research at the University of Cambridge.


Another biography of Marie Curie would seem superfluous, but this one has some distinct advantages for readers seeking a short, intelligent, and accessible story of her life and her contributions to science. It also contains some interesting photographs helpful to the text and not readily available elsewhere. Using many quotations from letters written both by Marie Curie and her husband Pierre, Dry chronicles Curie's contributions to scientific thought as well as her private life and something of her political passion, all in a brisk but inviting text that invites the reader into the cultural context in which the Curies lived. Also included is an essay about Irene Joliot-Curie, their oldest daughter, who also received a Nobel Prize but suffered a period of neglect due to her political sympathies. The book's virtues are its scholarly scrupulousness combined with a graceful style, its substance despite its brevity, and a chronology of Curie's life and achievement paired with the larger cultural context, the works of contemporary thinkers, artists, and writers. Well-documented sources; suggestions for further reading that include both primary and secondary sources. Summing Up: Highly recommended. General readers; lower- and upper-division undergraduates. Copyright 2003 American Library Association.
EAN: 9781904341291
ISBN: 1904341292
Untertitel: 'Life & Times'. 40 illustrations, chronology, further reading, index. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: Haus Publishing Limited
Erscheinungsdatum: März 2003
Seitenanzahl: 176 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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