Lauren Redniss, an artist, has taken Marie Curie's story much further. Blending part history, art, love narrative, and a generous dose of creativity in a collage format, the result is a pure inspirational cocktail of a coffee table book any curious mind will appreciate. For the more scientifically inclined, Redniss thoughtfully chose the following printing technique and thus expressed the well-coined phrase "the medium is the message" only too well.
"To stay true to Curie’s spirit and legacy, Redniss rendered her poetic artwork in an early-20th-century image printing process called cyanotype, critical to the discovery of both X-rays and radioactivity itself — a cameraless photographic technique in which paper is coated with light-sensitive chemicals. Once exposed to the sun’s UV rays, this chemically-treated paper turns a deep blue color."
Suitable for: Budding scientists, working scientists who have an appreciation for art, any curious mind with an affinity for a biography celebrating this incredible woman, or anyone who want to see that paper glow under the sun!
Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie: A Tale of Love and Fallout, Lauren Redniss
Fisher also gives us some lesson plan ideas. (via Fisher Science Ed)
1. Discuss ways in which the discovery of radiation had an impact on the world, both positive
2. Marie Curie achieved a great number of things during her lifetime. Research and list 10 of
her accomplishments"(via BrainPickings)