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Historical Vignette

Historical Vignette This article is only available in the PDF format. Download the PDF to view the article, as well as its associated figures and tables. Abstract ALL over the world the name Marie Curie is connected with the discovery of radium and the knowledge of radioactivity. If, indeed, in 1896, Henri Becquerel described this strange property of uranium, it was Marie Curie who gave it its name "radio-activity." She and her husband, Pierre Curie, discovered two new elements, polonium and radium, millions of times more active than uranium, a discovery which allowed them to establish the fundamental laws ruling these phenomena which were to confound many principals of contemporary physics. A new era had just been born. Just as man went through the stone age, the iron age, or more recently the age of steam and electricity, one can say that Marie Curie marks the beginning of the modern atomic age. Thanks to her work, to that of her husband, Pierre Curie, and later to that of her daughter and son-in-law, Irène http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Archives of Otolaryngology American Medical Association

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Publisher
American Medical Association
Copyright
Copyright © 1966 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved.
ISSN
0003-9977
DOI
10.1001/archotol.1966.00760030116013
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Abstract

This article is only available in the PDF format. Download the PDF to view the article, as well as its associated figures and tables. Abstract ALL over the world the name Marie Curie is connected with the discovery of radium and the knowledge of radioactivity. If, indeed, in 1896, Henri Becquerel described this strange property of uranium, it was Marie Curie who gave it its name "radio-activity." She and her husband, Pierre Curie, discovered two new elements, polonium and radium, millions of times more active than uranium, a discovery which allowed them to establish the fundamental laws ruling these phenomena which were to confound many principals of contemporary physics. A new era had just been born. Just as man went through the stone age, the iron age, or more recently the age of steam and electricity, one can say that Marie Curie marks the beginning of the modern atomic age. Thanks to her work, to that of her husband, Pierre Curie, and later to that of her daughter and son-in-law, Irène

Journal

Archives of OtolaryngologyAmerican Medical Association

Published: Jul 1, 1966

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