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Radioactive Marie and Pierre Curie A Tale of Love and Fallout Read ↠ 104 á [PDF / Epub] ☆ Radioactive Marie and Pierre Curie A Tale of Love and Fallout Author Lauren Redniss – Radioactive is the visual journey into the life of Marie Curie as told through the dazzling coRadioactive is the visual journey into and Pierre Epub #218 the life of Marie Curie as told through the dazzling collage style of acclaimed author and artist Lauren Redniss A brilliant visual storyteller Redniss ha. Way Outside the BoxSo I order this to read for our book club thinking it would be just a normal account of the Curies' discovery of radioactivity The book arrives Surely there must be some mistake; this looks like something for children—pages filled with big colored illustrations mingled with occasional paragraphs of handwritten text But no while often childlike the book is never childish And the mixture of media gives only a hint of how widely author artist Lauren Redniss has foraged to fill her cornucopia of art science and historyShe starts by apologizing to Marie Curie for ignoring her insistence that there is no connection between my scientific work and the facts of private life Not only does she make such a connection she glories in it Look at the chapter headings of the first part Symmetry Magnetism Fusion—scientific terms but also personal ones In the opening chapter Redniss portrays the separate lives of Pierre and Marie in symmetry on opposite pages before showing the magnetism that drew them together as a couple and the fusion that produced a child But she also tells us of Pierre's work on the symmetry of crystals and Marie's on magnetism and radiation The uestion of atomic fusion and fission lies far in the futureBut Redniss goes there too At the very end of the first part amid drawings of Marie and Pierre embracing in their laboratory she has the words The new science needed a name Turn the page to a double spread glowing in a muted cloudburst containing only the words I coined the term radioactivity Then look again and you realize that the cloudburst is really an atomic blast—not at all in your face but lurking there as a threatAlthough the longer second part continues with the story of the Curies it strikes off sparks in many other directions spiritualism for example the dancer Loïe Fuller a list of famous Poles A photograph of a man receiving radium treatment for a tumor in 1920 is juxtaposed with the first hand account of a tumor survivor in 2001 Soon we are jumping to Chernobyl the Manhattan Project and Three Mile Island and each time Redniss finds some unexpected witness to bring her message home An FBI surveillance report; photos of the mutant zinnias and roses found near Harrisburg; the reports of a biologist studying wildlife in the Ukraine One of the most effective spreads in the book is also the simplest a black paper cutout used by a survivor of Hiroshima to show how her father's blackened skin peeled away at a touchA tale of love and fallout says the subtitle Nothing is predictable neither the great discoveries nor their unexpected conseuences and love is the least logical thing of all So by jumping around in subject and time Redniss is only celebrating the power of surprise She is thinking outside the box way outside The skill with which she balances the glory of the Curies' discoveries and their continued benefits against their terrible conseuences would be remarkable even in a book that was all text But the illustrations offer a further layer of unpredictability In almost no case does she simply illustrate the action; her drawings are bold somewhat expressionist even disturbing I can't say that I like them as art but as a constantly shifting matrix for a subject that refuses to be pinned down their effect is powerful indeedMy only real complaint is that patches on the hard cover are printed in slightly raised ink like fine sandpaper that you fear coming off on your hands But close the cover and put out the lights and you will see their purpose the book literally glows in the dark

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Ages and clippings with Radioactive Marie PDF or dazzling line drawings and a compelling narrative Radioactive is far than just an art book or a graphic novel It is a stunning visual biography and a true work of ar. I thought this was okay The art wasn't particularly impressive to me and the narrative was disjointed It would talk about periods of Marie Curie's life chronologically but then it would suddenly jump ahead in time and switch topics periodically It did contain some interesting information but I would recommend watching a documentary or read a biography about Marie Curie over this

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Radioactive Marie and Pierre Curie A Tale of Love and FalloutS hand designed than color collages to tell Curie’s story fascinating in its scientific significance and its sometimes whimsical sometimes haunting mix of romance and intrigue Bringing together archival photos im. It seems absurd to try to talk about this book without you being able to see it It is easy enough to describe the story Lauren Redniss tells in this graphic biography but hard to describe the emotional colour her images bring to her words The details of Marie Sklodowksa and Pierre Curie's joint biographies are reasonably familiar to readers of science history his early scientific talent and her struggle to get a scientific education; their romance and marriage; their separate and joint research and distillation of first radium and then polonium; his early death and the famous story of Marie taking over his chair at the Sorbonne walking in and picking up his lecture where he had left it; Marie's ongoing work and passionate and scandalous affair with Paul Langevin; her work in World War One with mobile x ray units where she was joined by her teenage daughter Irene who herself went on to become a nuclear physicist also working with her husband Frederick Joliot and like her parents before her sharing a Nobel Prize with him; Marie's death from aplastic pernicious anaemia the result of prolonged exposure to radiation in 1934 aged 66What Redniss brings to the pile of literature that already surrounds the couple is a sense of the passion of their relationship and especially of Marie as a physical and sensual woman that is coupled to the intensity of their scientific research I have always been somewhat puzzled looking at the photos of Marie Curie once out of her teenage years that this rather shadowy rather dowdy woman could have been at the centre of one of France's most titillating love stories that she could actually have duels fought over her But Redniss makes tremendous use of archival material From Marie's diary just before Pierre's death written as the family was on holidayWe collected flowering chestnut branches and gathered a huge bouuet of large water buttercups that you loved so We slept nuzzled against each other as always I sat down against you and lay across your body I had a little clenching in my heart holding you there but I felt happy And then after his death run down by a horse drawn cart on a rainy Paris streetThey brought you in and placed you on the bed I kissed you and you were still supple and almost warm Pierre my Pierre you are there calm as a poor wounded man resting in his sleep his head bandaged Your face is sweet as if you dream My Pierre I got up after after slept rather well relatively calm That was barely a uarter of an hour ago and now I want to howl again like a savage beastFour years after death Marie fell heavily for his former student the married scientist Paul Langevin The two exchanged torrid letters when separated even if only for a matter of hours From LangevinI am trembling with impatience at the thought of seeing you return at last and of telling you how much I missed you I kiss you tenderly awaiting tomorrowRedniss conveys information in a small number of words than you would expect possible She doesn't stint on the science or the story and her style is personal but never uirky or too I thinky You get the sense of someone who has conducted a great deal of researcj and then pared back and pared back and pared back without losing any colourAnd colour is at the heart of this book Where Judith Schalansky's 'Atlas of Remote Islands' similarly a mix of words and images was restrained in its palette Redniss' book is joyous and unbounded The end papers are ochre Rothko esue colour fields that feel soaked in pigment; each chapter is signalled by a midnight blue double page spread with spidery white words picked out across it; the water buttercups are a radiant spray of yellow and red blue and green While Redniss' drawing style is not one I would spend time with on a wall somewhere between Clemente de Chirico and the happiest bits of Expressionism paired with her story it worksIn particular Redniss has adapted the photographic printing techniue of cyanotype where chemically treated paper is exposed to sunlight with the positive spaces masked the sunlight causes a reaction that turns the exposed paper Prussian blue the colour of old fashioned blueprints The areas that were masked seem when revealed to let light shine through from a hidden source As Redniss writes in an endnoteUsing this process to create the images in this book made sense to me for a number of reasons First the negative of an image gives an impression of an internal light a sense of glowing that I felt captured what Marie Curie called radium's spontaneous luminosity Second because photographic imaging was central to the discovery both of X rays and of radioactivity Last I later learned Prussian blue capsules were approved by the US Food and Drug Administration as a safe and effective treatment for internal contamination by radioactive cesium and radioactive thalliumInterpolated with the story of Marie and Pierre's life is the 20th century's radioactive history Chernobyl Three Mile Island radiation therapy fossy jaw Hiroshima and Nagasaki Redniss finds one small detail to illustrate each of these big stories a woman in Pennsylvania who collects photographs and presses flowers mutated by the fallout from Three Mile Island; a scientist who researches birds in the area surrounding Chernobyl; a Japanese woman who was 13 on the day the bomb dropped on Hiroshima who makes for Redniss a paper cutout that shows how her father's blackened skin peeled off his body exposing the red muscle underneath Never sentimental these interludes especially this last have incredible emotional heft And finally the cover glows in the dark What delight can you ask for