Marie and Pierre Curie, French physicists
Marie and Pierre Curie. Marie Curie (1867-1934, nee Marya Sklodowska), was born in Poland. In 1891 she became a student at the Sorbonne university in Paris, France. There she met and married the French physicist Pierre Curie (1859- 1906). They isolated the radioactive elements polonium and radium in 1898. Marie and Pierre won shares of the 1903 Nobel Prize for Physics, and Marie won the 1911 Nobel Prize for Chemistry (Pierre died in an accident in 1906). Photographed to accompany an article in the American magazine The Twentieth Century Home, commemorating their discovery of radium.
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The baroque Lutheran Church and statue of Martin Luther in Bielsko Biala
The baroque Lutheran Church and statue of Martin Luther in Bielsko Biala, Silesian Voivodeship, Poland
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Copernican worldview, 1708
Copernican worldview. This is plate 5 from the 1708 edition of the star atlas 'Harmonica Macrocosmica' by the Dutch-German mathematician and cosmographer Andreas Cellarius (1596-1665). It shows the Sun-centred (heliocentric) worldview of Polish astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus (1473-1543, lower right). Circling the Sun are Mercury, Venus, Earth (with the Moon and Earth phases), Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, and the zodiac. First published in 1660, 'Harmonica Macrocosmica' had 30 colour plates with Latin text. This edition was published in Amsterdam by Petrus Schenk and Gerard Valk.
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