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By Julie Des Jardins

Why are the fields of technological know-how and expertise nonetheless thought of to be predominantly male professions? The Madame Curie Complex strikes past the most typical explanations—limited entry to specialist education, loss of assets, exclusion from social networks of men—to supply ancient context and unforeseen revelations approximately women's contributions to the sciences.

Exploring the lives of Jane Goodall, Rosalind Franklin, Rosalyn Yalow, Barbara McClintock, Rachel Carson, and the ladies of the long island venture, Julie Des Jardins considers their own tales with regards to their male counterparts—Albert Einstein, Robert Oppenheimer, Enrico Fermi—to reveal how the gendered tradition of technological know-how molds the tools, constitution, and event of the paintings. With energetic anecdotes and shiny aspect, The Madame Curie Complex finds how ladies scientists have usually requested assorted questions, used assorted tools, get a hold of varied motives for phenomena within the wildlife, and the way they've got endlessly remodeled a scientist's role.

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Pierre had been elected into the Académie des Sciences in 1905, but his colleagues took less kindly to his widow’s submission as a candidate five years later. madame curie’s american tours 35 A war of the sexes played out in the press, for the Académie had a long, prestigious history of being open only to men. Her detractors found it easier to build their case against her when they seized on allegations from the wife of physicist Paul Langevin that he and Curie were lovers. Langevin had been a former student of Pierre’s and a close family friend, making the alleged affair all the more scandalous.

S. editing world and in New York society, she had started out as a reporter for the Washington Post but had become one of the most influential women of American media. She 23 24 assistants, housekeepers, and interchangeable parts exuded social grace, money, and a penchant for publicity. Curie, a Pole who had emigrated to France to pursue science, was not interested in appearances, including her own. She dressed plainly, typically in black, and preferred to be undisturbed by anyone, at home or in the lab.

25 The scientific community looked on in disbelief when she and Pierre won the Nobel in physics with Becquerel in 1903. The distinction didn’t come easily; the French Académie quietly lobbied for the prize to be split between Becquerel and Pierre only, a ploy a Swedish physicist made known to Pierre. No prize for radioactivity could possibly exclude his wife, he implored. She first suspected the existence of the elements they discovered, and she had already run experiments when he entered the fray.

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