Strange Glow: The Story of Radiation
By Timothy J. Jorgensen
Seen the Internet meme of a black-and-white photo of science supercouple Marie and Pierre Curie in their lab? “You have a certain glow about you, my dear,” Pierre tells his wife in the caption. Groan-worthy, sure, but the cheesy pun nails our relationship with radiation, which has been both hero and villain, killer and cure. Jorgensen, a radiation biologist, explores our uncomfortable history with the energy, from life-saving cancer treatments to the deplorable deaths of unsuspecting innocents contaminated by early weapons testing.