Radioactive Substances

Marie CURIE (1867 - 1934)

Marie Curie, born in Warsaw in 1867, was a French physicist and chemist famous for her work on radioactivity. She was a pioneer in the field of radioactivity and the first person honored with two Nobel Prizes - in physics (1903) and chemistry (1911). The risks of working with strongly radioactive materials were not known at that time, and she eventually died in 1934 from an illness likely caused by radiation poisoning.

Radioactive Substances is the thesis of Marie Curie, presented to the Faculté de Sciences de Paris in 1903, and subsequently published in "Chemical News" vol 88, 1903. Marie Curie gives a detailed description of her research on radioactive substances carried out at the Sorbonne. She details how she obtained the two new elements radium and polonium from pitchblende, explains her numerous experiments and presents measurements of all kinds. (Summary by Availle)

Genre(s): *Non-fiction, Science

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 Introduction Availle
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Play 02 Chapter I: Radioactivity of Uranium and Thorium Availle
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Play 03 Chapter II: Method of Research, pt 1 Availle
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Play 04 Chapter II: Method of Research, pt 2 Availle
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Play 05 Chapter III: Radiation of the New Radioactive Substances, pt 1 Availle
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Play 06 Chapter III: Radiation of the New Radioactive Substances, pt 2 Availle
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Play 07 Chapter III: Radiation of the New Radioactive Substances, pt 3 Availle
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Play 08 Chapter III: Radiation of the New Radioactive Substances, pt 4 Availle
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Play 09 Chapter IV: Communication of Radioactivity to Substances Initially Inactive, pt 1 Availle
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Play 10 Chapter IV: Communication of Radioactivity to Substances Initially Inactive, pt 2 Availle
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Play 11 Chapter IV: Communication of Radioactivity to Substances Initially Inactive, pt 3 Availle
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Play 12 Nature and Cause of the Phenomena of Radioactivity Availle
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