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Madame Curie Chapter Summary & Analysis - Part 2: Chapter 10 Summary

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Part 2: Chapter 10 Summary

Marie has ruled love out of her life, not only because of her earlier failed romance, but also because the life of a wife and mother seems incompatible with the life of a scientist she wants. However, at the age of 26, Marie meets Pierre Curie, a 35-year-old French physicist, also a graduate of the Sorbonne. Like Marie, Pierre is married to his work, having commented in his diary, "women of genius are rare." The two are introduced by a mutual friend, a Polish physics professor named Monsieur Kovalski.

Unlike Marie, Pierre is a dreamy idealist. The son of a physician, Pierre spent his youth roaming the woods with his brother Jacques, also a scientist. As adults, the brothers formed a partnership, discovering the phenomenon of "piezoelectricity," which led them to invent piezoelectric quartz, an apparatus for measuring small amounts of electricity...

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