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The soul of genius : Marie Curie, Albert Einstein, and the meeting that changed the course of science / Jeffrey Orens.

Orens, Jeffrey, (author.).


"In 1911, some of the greatest minds in science convened at the First Solvay Conference in Physics, a meeting like no other. Almost half of the attendees had won or would go on to win the Nobel Prize. Over the course of those few days, these minds began to realize that classical physics was about to give way to quantum theory, a seismic shift in our history and how we understand not just our world, but the universe. At the center of this meeting were Marie Curie and a young Albert Einstein. In the years preceding, Curie had faced the death of her husband and soul mate, Pierre. She was on the cusp of being awarded her second Nobel Prize, but scandal erupted all around her when the French press revealed that she was having an affair with a fellow scientist, Paul Langevin. The subject of vicious misogynist and xenophobic attacks in the French press, Curie found herself in a storm that threatened her scientific legacy. Albert Einstein proved an supporter in her travails. They had an instant connection at Solvay. He was young and already showing flourishes of his enormous genius. Curie had been responsible for one of the greatest discoveries in modern science (radioactivity) but still faced resistance and scorn. Einstein recognized this grave injustice, and their mutual admiration and respect, borne out of this, their first meeting, would go on to serve them in their paths forward to making history."--Amazon.

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781643137148
  • ISBN: 164313714X
  • Physical Description: xiv, 290 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First Pegasus Books cloth edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Pegasus Books, Ltd, 2021.

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical resources (pages 265-282) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Introduction -- The First Solvay Conference: a new approach -- The intensity of Marie Curie -- Life partners -- The First Solvay Conference: science at a crossroads -- Solvay's search for a universal law -- Einstein's enigma -- The First Solvay Conference: assembly of genius -- Marie Curie's impossible dream -- Action and reaction -- A different dimension -- After the war -- Epilogue: Follow the science.
Subject: Solvay Conference on Physics (1st : 1911 : Brussels, Belgium)
Curie, Marie, 1867-1934.
Einstein, Albert, 1879-1955.
Quantum theory > Congresses.
Quantum theory > History.
Physics > Congresses.
Physics > History.
Curie, Marie, 1867-1934.
Einstein, Albert, 1879-1955.
Solvay Conference on Physics.
Quantum theory.
Genre: Conference papers and proceedings.

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