The current administration in the US has decided to down play science and silence those who have the knowledge to make this world a better place. We learn from science everyday and those who spend their lifetime doing research, shouldn’t be silenced just because it doesn’t fit into an agenda. We all have our views towards science like whether or not climate change or global warming is real. Scientific research has given us so many great accomplishments, maybe we should listen.
I would like to pay homage to a woman whom I admire and gave me the initiative to keep learning about science and fulfilling my dream.
Maria Sklodowska, otherwise known as Marie Curie was a female scientist that fought many trials and tribulations to obtain her status as a well known Nobel Peace Prize winner. She was the first female to obtain this prestigious award and also the only woman to have won in two different categories: physics and chemistry.
She and her husband took earlier research on uranium and discovered how it worked, which lead to her idea of radioactivity. Further study of radioactivity lead to polonium (named after Poland her country), radium and ultimately curium (which was named after her). The discovery lead to nuclear energy and the creation of the X-ray machine in addition to other research. In WWI, this machine saved many lives and was known as the “Little Curie Machine”.
Marie ultimately gave her life to the research she truly believed in. She died in 1934 at the age of 67 from radiation poisoning. Because of her death, science has learned about the dangers of radiation and implemented safe levels for those who use it. Without those guidelines, many more would perish, but thanks to science we now know. How many times have you had an X-ray? Did it show you have a broken bone or other ailment? We can thank Marie Curie and science for the ability of seeing through our body to determine what is going on.
Today we have MRI’s that have expanded from this idea by using powerful magnets instead of radiation. Science keeps us learning and reaching for the impossible, it should be embraced as a chance to learn about the unknown, not silenced.
This is one of her quotes that I think sums up our view of the unknown…
“Have no fear of perfection; you’ll never reach it. Nothing in life is to be feared; it is only to be understood”