Marie Curie was born in Warsaw on November 7, 1867. It was a repressive era, when women were not afforded equal academic or professional opportunities. Despite such obstacles, her’s was a magnificent mind, not to be denied its due. Radioactive by Lauren Redniss is a celebration of Ms. Curie’s extraordinary life.
But it’s more than that. It’s a mutant memoir about star-crossed scientists. It’s an experiment in form, borrowing from graphic novels and collage, making use of exotic printing protocols and esoteric fonts. It’s way cool. It’s pure print alchemy. I’m not the only one glowing with enthusiasm for Radioactive. According to author Malcom Gladwell:
“Radioactive is quite unlike any book I have ever read—part history, part love story, part art work and all parts sheer imaginative genius.”