Tuesday, June 14, 2011

A tale of love and fallout

I recently read Lauren Redniss's beautifully illustrated Radioactive:
Marie & Pierre Curie: A Tale of Love and Fallout
. The book is an eerie history of the Curies' work and romance; very... atmospheric. It had me researching cyanotypes, the Manhatten Project, and Loie Fuller for days. Here's a couple of images that I took with my phone and the Loie Fuller quote that opens the story:

To see, to feel, to smell, to hear, to taste, these are the only invisible facts—but which we acknowledge are real—the sensations of horror that kills, of grief that prostrates, joy that uplifts, and faith that cures—what if these things can be registered and seen apart from the body, are they not then material things? And may they not indicate that other invisible materials exist—which are in reality material if we had the human capacity for observing them?... Perhaps Radium and its sister elements may one day help us here. We may not believe, but we do not know that we should not believe!

1 comment:

  1. I've also been wanting to get this book, especially after seeing this charming talk by author and illustrator Lauren Redniss: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t-qKlOvLpO0