“Be less curious about people and more curious about ideas.”


Maria Sklodowska-Curie was undeniably a phenomenal chemist and physicist whose two Nobel prize wins were well deserved for the mere fact that 30 additional elements could be mapped thanks to her discoveries. That is astonishing. (This entire reading is astonishing and far more incredible than I had hoped. I expected greatness, I was bestowed with brilliance.) She thoroughly explains mixtures and compounds used in various experiments all the while giving credit to her husband and lab partner Pierre. It is very clear that they worked well together because their conclusions revolutionized chemistry although I will admit it to be perplexing at times. She is clear and concise in organizing her work into selections and announces clear hypotheses. The conclusion which includes describing how accurate the measurements she gets which is 1% a thousandth of a milligram. I cannot conceive in my mind how close of a measurement that is. The concluding sentence of having a whole new kind of chemistry has been revealed causes me to become awestruck as I took it to mean, chemistry will never be the same again.