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Madame Curie Chapter Summary & Analysis - Part 2: Chapter 13 Summary

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Part 2: Chapter 13 Summary

The Curies now have to "prove" the existence of radium to the skeptical scientific community, and they decide to accomplish this by isolating enough radium to measure its atomic weight. Polonium and radium are found in pitchblende, a uranium ore, but the mineral, treated at mines in Bohemia, is too costly for the Curies to buy in the quantities they need. If they ask the university or the French government for a grant, they are sure they will be laughed at. They realize, however, that they only need the residue, and that the residue is normally discarded at the mine. The Curies are able to get the mine to sell it to them, and they pay for it out of their own savings. Another obstacle is finding a suitable workroom. Eventually, they have to settle for an abandoned shed outside the School of...

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