Oil 18 – Winds Rose ( of Curie [1867-1934] )
2010 - ( 40 x 60 cm )
When we want to introduce a new idea we need to have a rebellious spirit prepared to fight. Marie Curie had all these qualities. Born in Poland, she began as one of 210 women studying in the middle of nine thousand male students. From an early age she was known and considered as unusual, since she achieved the highest grades in the exams among all students. She was immediately recognized as a brilliant student.
But one thing is to be brilliant. Revolutionize science is another! She began her research along with her husband Pierre Curie, after becoming aware of some curious discoveries made by the physicist Becquerel about some strange emissions of radiation issued by certain cores, such as Uranium. And in a radiation of inspiration, she has discovered radioactivity!
Marie Curie's work was exceptional. She discovered that some radioactive elements emit more radiation than others and yet they can issue different types of radiation. In addition, she has consolidated all of her thinking and understanding about the atomic theory, revealing that atoms do exist and that they are indivisible, however, these are not immutable. She experimentally discover that the emission of radioactivity leads to the release of particles and, thereby, the atom changes. The constituent particles of the atom are really indivisible, but not immutable. The fundamental particles such as neutrons, can change shape and transform into different particles. But this transformation and mutation process follows rigorous procedures, scientifically known as beta decay.
For all their discoveries, Marie Curie was awarded the Nobel Prize, twice! A rather unique event, that brought her fame, recognition and funds to advance with her investigations. If we relate that discrimination against women was a fact well marked at this time and that Marie was never invited to the Academy of Sciences and, in fact, the initial recommendation for the Nobel Prize did not include her name, it was added at the insistence of Pierre. We conclude that its contribution to the development of science and the emancipation of women in society, was absolutely outstanding.
But between miracle and nightmare, between the beauty of a rose and its sharp peak, what Marie Curie did not know was how harmful excessive radiation can be. Only later, in the twenties, came the time in which began to be related radiation with cancer… but it was too late for Marie ... She had been diagnosed with cancer in blood cells, leukemia.
Even today, her notes are stored in a safe place, because they are still too much radioactive to be handled.
“ Life is not easy for anyone. Who cares? We must persevere and be persistent and above all have confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we have a gift for something and that, whatever the cost, we will achieve it.”
“ I was taught that the way of progress is neither swift nor easy.”
“ If you cry because you missed the sun, the tears will not let you see the stars!”
RABIM DRANATH TAGORE
“ What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the Master calls it a butterfly.”
“ Man has to invent oneself every day.”
JEAN PAUL SARTRE
“ Hell is other people.”
JEAN PAUL SARTRE
“ In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”
“ The best way of answering a bad argument is to let it continue.”
“ When dark clouds are catch in sight, the wise men
cover themselves with a mantle.”
‘ We all live under the same sky,
but not all under the same horizon. ’
C. P. FOURNIER
“ And when there is no wind, you must paddle.”