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Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie, A Tale of Love and Fallout

Thursday, Feb. 2 - 7 p.m. Linda Hall Library

The 21st century’s struggle with nuclear weapons proliferation and debates on radioactive climate change solutions begins with a love story. Marie and Pierre Curie’s romance in the 19th century includes the expansion of the periodic table, the recognition of radioactivity as an atomic property and the winning of a Nobel Prize. Their work together heralded the dawn of a new scientific era.

Lauren Redniss – critically acclaimed writer, MacArthur Fellow and author of “Radioactive” – explores how the Curie relationship was mythologized, how Marie Curie’s continued work earned her the 1911 Nobel Prize and how her next love led to scandal…and a duel. Learn more about the most famous scientist of World War I in this compelling discussion, in partnership with the Linda Hall Library.

Free with RSVP | Linda Hall Library – 5109 Cherry St, Kansas City, MO 64110