Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie, A Tale of Love and Fallout

In 1891, 24-year-old Marie Sklodowska moved from Warsaw to Paris, where she found work in the laboratory of physicist Pierre Curie. They fell in love, they were married, they took their honeymoon on bicycles. They also heralded the dawn of a new scientific era—ushering in the nuclear age.

Lauren Redniss’s acclaimed Radioactive, a finalist for the National Book Award, combines art, reportage, and cultural history to tell the story of the Curies’ intellectual partnership and to examine the contemporary reverberations of their discoveries. The result is a landmark work of visual non-fiction about the power of two invisible forces: radioactivity and love.