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Curie in 90 minutes : 1867-1934

by John R Gribbin; Mary Gribbin

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Curie in 90 minutes    (2012-01-06)

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by wppalmer

Review of Curie in 90 minutes by John and Mary Gribbin published by Constable of London in 1997.

Reviewer: W. P. Palmer

This very short book is part of a series written by John and Mary Gribbin and published by Constable. The books are written to a standard pattern with sixty pages with a further fifteen pages listing the main events in the history of science. There are no indices and no illustrations apart from the front covers of this paperback series. Scientists chosen in this series include Darwin, Halley, Einstein, Faraday, Galileo, Mendel, Newton and the present book under review, Marie Curie (1867-1934).

The book is well written, accurate and well-researched. Even those with a comparatively good knowledge of Marya Sklodowski's (Marie Curie's) life history are likely to find new knowledge of her life. The only element of contention in the book is the authors' rating of Curie as a scientist. The authors consider the rating of Curie as the world's greatest woman scientist as ridiculous and place her at the top of the second division (if there is such a category).

It's a well written little book- its main problem is `Who is it written for?' Those with a strong academic interest in the Curies will find it superficial, whilst those with no knowledge of scientific biography probably won't be interested. It should find a place in school libraries where it is superior to the very many books introducing Marie Curie to young children.

BILL PALMER




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