ATG Quirkies: Marie Curie’s Notebooks Will Be Radioactive for 1500 More Years


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It turns out that not only can research be intellectually demanding, time consuming, and frustrating, it can sometimes be down right dangerous.  Take those scholars researching the life of the great French scientist, Marie Curie.

According to this piece on the Open Culture websiteher notebooks, a key primary source, will be radioactive for 1500 More Years!  In fact, scholars who “want to look at her manuscripts, … have to sign a liability waiver at France’s Bibliotheque Nationale, and then you can access the notes that are sealed in a lead-lined box…”

(Thanks, as always, to John Riley of Gabriel Books for providing ATG Quirkies!)

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