Friday, April 25, 2008

Obsessive Genius by Barbara Goldsmith

Title: Obsessive Genius
Author: Barbara Goldsmith
# pages: 236
Date published: 2005
Genre: Biography (science), 888 Challenge (nonfiction)
Challenge(s): In Their Shoes Challenge, personal perpetual science challenge

Setting: Warsaw, Poland & Paris, France

First Sentence:

“Paris, April 20, 1995: the white carpet stretched block after block down the rue Soufflot ending in front of the Panthéon, which was draped in tricolor banners that extended from the dome to the pavement.”

Synopsis from Barnes &
Goldsmith looks at the woman behind the icon of scientific discovery, and shows Curie (1867-1934) trying to balance a spectacular scientific career with the obligations of family, the prejudice of society, the constant search for adequate funding, and the battle for recognition. She draws on diaries, letters, and family interviews. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Random Thoughts: A very interesting and readable biography of Marie Curie.

Rating: 3.5 (very good)

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