Madame Curie

Marie CurieWhen I was 10 years old, I decided I wanted to be a biologist. In fact, I remember the moment I took that decision; I was quite sure. (It never came to be, but that's another story.) Almost immediately, I became quite the biology nerd: I carried around insect and bird guides in my school bag, so that when I saw an interesting critter I didn't recognize, I could look it up. From the moment I had learned to read, I gobbled up books faster than my parents could buy them for me (or afford) so I'd been a member of the youth library for quite some time. It had a few shelves with books about science and I started to read these, too: books about biology, of course, but also physics and chemistry, and I started to realize how they were related (to the extent a 10-12 year old mind can grasp such things). I still remember a few of the science books I read during those years. One that made a lasting impression was a book about Marie Curie. …

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