Madame Curie was born this day in 1867. Through her discovery of radium, Marie Curie paved the way for nuclear physics and cancer therapy. She would not accept royalties from any products made from using radium (such as radium water) that led to radiation poisoning.
"I am among those who think that science has great beauty. A scientist in his laboratory is not only a technician: he is also a child placed before natural phenomena which impress him like a fairy tale. We should not allow it to be believed that all scientific progress can be reduced to mechanisms, machines, gearings, even though such machinery has its own beauty." — Marie Curie during a debate in Madrid, 'The Future of Culture' (1933). In Eve Curie Labouisse, Eve Curie and Vincent Sheean, Madame Curie (1937), 341
Physicists Marie Curie and Albert Einstein.
“If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.” ― Albert Einstein
A century ago, radioactive water was all the rage after radiation treatment was found to shrink cancerous tumors. Water was infused with radium and nicknamed "sunshine in a bottle". The "all natural" radon water was promoted for vigor, uranium blankets for arthritis, and thorium-laced medicine for digestion, to name a few... this was a huge million-dollar industry that lasted for decades. If you want your children to be intelligent, educate them to beware our own desire for a "magic bullet" that will make us smart, rich, happy, healthy. Popular Science
|Surprisingly, radon products can be found as recent as 2005. |