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Lauren Redniss’ “Radioactive” a Finalist for LATimes Book Prizes

Parsons Illustration Associate Professor Lauren Redniss‘ recent book Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie: A Tale of Love and Fallout has been chosen as a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.  Radioactive is nominated in the Science and Technology category.  The awards will be handed out in late April.  Here is a full list of the nominees in Lauren’s category:

Science & Technology Finalists

You can see the other categories and nominees here.

Good luck and congratulations, Lauren!

Quick Hit: Lauren Redniss at 192 Books tonight

Lauren Redniss
(It Books 2010)
Wednesday, March 30, 7PM

192 Books
192 Tenth Avenue at 21st Street
New York, NY 10011

In 1891, 24 year old Marie, née Marya Sklodowska, moved from Warsaw to Paris, where she found work in the laboratory of Pierre Curie, a scientist engaged in research on heat and magnetism. They fell in love. They took their honeymoon on bicycles. They expanded the periodic table, discovering two new elements with startling properties, radium and polonium. They recognized radioactivity as an atomic property, heralding the dawn of a new scientific era. They won the Nobel Prize. Newspapers mythologized the couple’s romance, beginning articles on the Curies with “Once upon a time . . . ” Then, in 1906, Pierre was killed in a freak accident. Marie continued their work alone. She won a second Nobel Prize in 1911, and fell in love again, this time with the married physicist Paul Langevin. Scandal ensued. Duels were fought.

In the century since the Curies began their work, we’ve struggled with nuclear weapons proliferation, debated the role of radiation in medical treatment, and pondered nuclear energy as a solution to climate change. In Radioactive, Lauren Redniss links these contentious questions to a love story in 19th Century Paris.

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Lauren Redniss’s new book: Radioactive!

Associate Professor Lauren Redniss has a new book out!  Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie: A Tale of Love and Fallout is an art book comprised of history, love story, and gorgeous imagery.  Here’s what Lauren has to say about the book and her creative process:

To research the book, I traveled to Hiroshima to interview atomic bomb survivors, to the Nevada Test Site outside of Las Vegas to talk with weapons specialists, to Warsaw to see the house where Marie Curie was born, to the Curie Institut in Paris to interview the Curie’s granddaughter. I spoke with an oncologist exploring innovative radiation treatment in San Bernadino, California and the Idaho National Laboratory’s Director of the Center for Space Nuclear Research about how nuclear power and propulsion could enable space exploration and crystal cities built on the moon.

I made the artwork for the book using a process called “cyanotype.” Cyanotype is a camera‐less photographic technique in which paper is coated with light‐sensitive chemicals. When the chemically-treated paper is exposed to the sun’s ultraviolet rays, it turns a deep blue color. Photographic imaging was critical to both the discovery of X-rays and of radioactivity, so it made sense to me to use a process based on the idea of exposure to create the images in Radioactive.

You can read more about Lauren’s methods and the book here.  You can grab a copy here, or at any number of fine bookstores.

Lauren will also be taking part in a talk with Nobel Laureate Harold Varmus, MD.  They will discuss Lauren’s work, science, and discovery.  The talk will be Friday, January 21, 2011 – 7:30 PM EST at the NYPL.

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Congratulations on your tremendous accomplishment, Lauren!