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Obsessive Genius

The Inner World of Marie Curie

Great Discoveries


Barbara Goldsmith (Author)


The bestselling, "excellent…poignant—and scientifically lucid—portrait" (New York Times Book Review) of the remarkable Marie Curie.

Through family interviews, diaries, letters, and workbooks that had been sealed for over sixty years, Barbara Goldsmith reveals the Marie Curie behind the myth—an all-too-human woman struggling to balance a spectacular scientific career, a demanding family, the prejudice of society, and her own passionate nature. Obsessive Genius is a dazzling portrait of Curie, her amazing scientific success, and the price she paid for fame.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • October 2005
  • ISBN 978-0-393-32748-9
  • 5.4 × 8 in / 272 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide including Canada, Singapore and Malaysia, but excluding the British Commonwealth.


Endorsements & Reviews

“Never a dull moment…Goldsmith leads the reader through a wonderland of facts with just the right blend of science and story. In the end, the mystery of the great Madame [Curie] remains, but a deeper understanding of what she went through as a woman and a scientist shines as strong as her radium.” — San Francisco Chronicle

“Bestselling historian Goldsmith incisively chronicles [Curie's] intensely dramatic life…Her powerful portrait reveals a woman of great passion, genius, and pain who changed the world.” — Booklist, starred review

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