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Reads tagged with “Marie Curie”

The Universe in Verse 2017: Full Show
The Universe in Verse 2017: Full Show

An evening of poetry celebrating great scientists and scientific discoveries, read by beloved artists, writers, and musicians.

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Marie Curie, Ambulance Driver: The Trailblazing Scientist’s Little-Known Humanitarian Heroism and Her Life-Saving Mobile X-Ray Units
Marie Curie, Ambulance Driver: The Trailblazing Scientist’s Little-Known Humanitarian Heroism and Her Life-Saving Mobile X-Ray Units

How the first woman to win the Nobel Prize and her brilliant teenage daughter set out to mend the ugliness of war with ingenuity and sheer human courage.

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What Power Really Means: Cheryl Strayed Reads Adrienne Rich’s Homage to Marie Curie
What Power Really Means: Cheryl Strayed Reads Adrienne Rich’s Homage to Marie Curie

A poetic and precise formulation of what it means to be a great artist, a great woman, and a great human being.

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Marie Curie on Curiosity, Wonder, and the Spirit of Adventure in Science
Marie Curie on Curiosity, Wonder, and the Spirit of Adventure in Science

A short manifesto for the vitalizing power of discovery.

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What Is Science? From Feynman to Sagan to Asimov to Curie, an Omnibus of Definitions
What Is Science? From Feynman to Sagan to Asimov to Curie, an Omnibus of Definitions

“The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious — the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science.”

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Rosanne Cash on How Science Saved Her Life, the Source of Every Artist’s Power, and Her Beautiful Reading of Adrienne Rich’s Tribute to Marie Curie
Rosanne Cash on How Science Saved Her Life, the Source of Every Artist’s Power, and Her Beautiful Reading of Adrienne Rich’s Tribute to Marie Curie

“She died a famous woman denying / her wounds / denying / her wounds came from the same source as her power.”

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Don’t Heed the Haters: Albert Einstein’s Wonderful Letter of Support to Marie Curie in the Midst of Scandal
Don’t Heed the Haters: Albert Einstein’s Wonderful Letter of Support to Marie Curie in the Midst of Scandal

“If the rabble continues to occupy itself with you, then simply don’t read that hogwash, but rather leave it to the reptile for whom it has been fabricated.”

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Creative Courage for Young Hearts: 15 Emboldening Picture Books Celebrating the Lives of Great Artists, Writers, and Scientists
Creative Courage for Young Hearts: 15 Emboldening Picture Books Celebrating the Lives of Great Artists, Writers, and Scientists

Jane Goodall, Julia Child, Pablo Neruda, Marie Curie, E.E. Cummings, Albert Einstein, Ella Fitzgerald, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Frida Kahlo, and more.

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Mme. Curie Is Dead; Martyr to Science: The New York Times’ Stirring Obituary for Marie Curie
Mme. Curie Is Dead; Martyr to Science: The New York Times’ Stirring Obituary for Marie Curie

“Few persons contributed more to the general welfare of mankind and to the advancement of science than the modest, self-effacing woman whom the world knew as Mme. Curie.”

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Radioactive: Marie Curie’s Radical and Revolutionary Life, in Lyrical Cyanotype Illustrations
Radioactive: Marie Curie’s Radical and Revolutionary Life, in Lyrical Cyanotype Illustrations

What the periodic table has to do with obscure photographic techniques and Italian erotic séances.

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