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

The Curies A Biography of the Most Controversial Family in Science Focusing on the lives and relationships behind their magnificent careers The Curies is the first biography to trace the entire Curie dynasty from Pierre and Marie s fruitful union and achievements t

  • Title: The Curies: A Biography of the Most Controversial Family in Science
  • Author: Denis Brian
  • ISBN: 9780471273912
  • Page: 188
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Focusing on the lives and relationships behind their magnificent careers, The Curies is the first biography to trace the entire Curie dynasty, from Pierre and Marie s fruitful union and achievements to the lives and accomplishments of their two daughters, Ir ne and Eve, and son in law Frederic Joliot Curie Biographer Denis Brian digs deep beneath the headlines and legendsFocusing on the lives and relationships behind their magnificent careers, The Curies is the first biography to trace the entire Curie dynasty, from Pierre and Marie s fruitful union and achievements to the lives and accomplishments of their two daughters, Ir ne and Eve, and son in law Frederic Joliot Curie Biographer Denis Brian digs deep beneath the headlines and legends to reveal the Curies multigenerational saga in its entirety, featuring new, never before published personal information as well as newly revealed correspondence and diary excerpts Brimming with endearing and often amusing anecdotes about this much misunderstood clan, The Curies reveals a family as closely intertwined in their private lives as they were in their professional endeavors.

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    1. A really great biography of Marie and Pierre Curie and their daughters and son-in-law. At times it seemed like Eve Curie's story was neglected (perhaps due to the fact that she was the only one who didn't go into science). Also, there was too much emphasis on Joliot's politics towards the end of the biography. Overall, I really enjoyed reading it and am anxious to read more about Marie Curie.

    2. A detailed and very readable account of the absolutely amazing lives of the Curies. I found the stories of two generations of varied and full experiences utterly inspiring. Totally recommend this book.

    3. Denis Brian begins with imparting a lens (dirty) with this biography. Travels well (hardcover) reader is confounded with yells or “Harlot,” Mad Scientist and family wrecker. As we digest the chapters, deposits---calcium most likely---dissipate.Curies worked well together and it was close family unit (Madame Curie, her husband Pierre Curie and niece) who collaborated on radiographic experiments and were known as the most ingenious family of scientists of their era.Scandalous events and yells [...]

    4. I think most people who pick up this book would already have some knowledge of the Curies and their achievements.What makes this book such a gem is the wonderful detail about their extended family, especially their daughters Irene, and Eve - who was a WW2 journalist with amazing insight into many front line events and characters of the war. And also all the information about Irene's husband, Frederic Joliot-Curie (yes, he adopted the Curie name).Excellent read.

    5. Loved it. Readable and consistently interesting. Only complaint was how much time was spent on WWII (25%) considering how little the Curies were mentioned in those chapters

    6. I began reading this book with excitement about learning more about Pierre and Marie's individual work and their success together. I was surprised how fast it moved, taking me through their childhoods, schooling and courtship. Their bicycle honeymoon was charming, their growing family sweet and Pierre's death absolutely devastating, to the family and the reader alike. Marie Curie suffered from Pierre's loss as a widow and single motherhood and professionally as she had to fight for funding and r [...]

    7. I must admit I didn't read every page, but rather "mined" this book for more details on the Curie family, especially on the unconventional education experiences that kept cropping up. As a homeschooler, I was really fascinated by Pierre Curie's home education as well as the homeschool co-op Marie set up for all the children of her fellow Sorbonne professors. It's worth a blog post, and I hope I'll be able to write one.This is a serious, sincere, deeply thought and researched biography, and I thi [...]

    8. The subject matter is interesting. I always enjoy learning more about the Curies. The author introduces a lot of primary material, which is great. But the author's commentary about direct quotes strikes me as unscholarly and they generally seem to be false inferences. For example, in examining Marie's reticence after her earlier heartbreak, the author states, "at Marie had become something of a manhater (page 42)." Her quotes do not support that premise. Disappointing and distracting.

    9. I really enjoyed learning about this family and what they accomplished. For the most part this book read easily, though at times the science was a little too technical for me. Near the end I felt like I was getting a history lesson, as talk of the war seemed more about the war than the Curies.All in all, this was a good book for me.

    10. I appreciated the depth of detail from the lives of Pierre and Marie Currie. I was somewhat surprised at the depth the book continued into the lives of their two daughters, Eve and Irene, and Irene's husband. However, I was intrigued with their association with world events.

    11. I was pleased to recognize that Marie and her husband are the same temperament type. The intelligence level of these two is staggering, and both of them are so interesting, but half of the book is dry and lacking because it fails to capture much of the uniqueness of the Curies.

    12. The first parts, om Pierre Curie and Marie Curie are very good, I like the latter part less, also because I thought the description of the science was not very clear.

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