by Lauren Redniss

Reviewer Rating:


Not five pages into this book, I was crazy hooked and kept needing to share interesting trivia with whoever happened to be around me. The book follows the lives of Marie and Pierre Curie and chronicles their scientific progress. It also moves forward in time, covering the historical repercussions of their discoveries. Redniss creates some poignant dramatic irony by showing the actions of the Curies and their contemporaries before they fully understood the harm their experiments could do. As a reader, you cringe, horrified with the knowledge they’ve yet to acquire. The artwork is beautiful and perfectly mirrors the events described (even down to the process involved in creating the artistic effects). I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the history of science, female historical figures, and art.

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