What must have it been like to be a woman with a great scientific mind in the early 20th century, a time when no women in Europe had ever been awarded doctoral degree?
Marie Curie’s life story describes the kind of perseverance we can all call heroic. In a time in Poland when women were not allowed to go to universities, she became the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, the first person to win two Nobel Prizes, the only woman to win in two fields, and the only person to win in multiple sciences.
She had a number of other pioneering observations about radioactivity, which changed the world so significantly that she must certainly qualify as a superhero of science. In fact, Marie Curie’s life demonstrates that extraordinary levels of curiosity could be one of the greatest superpowers.
And then there is the power of humor: let’s let the very factual but funny Hank Green, founder of the fabulous YouTube channel SciShow, tell the compelling story of Marie Curie’s life.
Have some fun with this! Hank is a great story-teller.
(Fair warning: Hank is particularly cantankerous in this video and there are a few expletives that might be harsh for very youthful ears. No F-bombs though, and your kids won’t hear anything they haven’t heard on the playground or the school bus, much to our chagrin.)
Thanks again to SciShow, where they say, “We hate not knowing things!” Our sentiments exactly here at Ever Widening Circles (EWC).
~ Dr. Lynda