A Virtual Conversation with Liz Heinecke, Author of Radiant: The Dancer, The Scientist, and a Friendship Forged in Light
Thursday, April 22, at 7 pm EDT on Zoom
On Thursday, April 22, Science Writers in New York invites you to join us on Zoom for a virtual conversation with SWINY co-chair David Levine (@dlloydlevine) and Liz Heinecke (@KitchPantrySci) AKA the Kitchen Pantry Scientist, who will discuss her book Radiant: The Dancer, The Scientist, and a Friendship Forged in Light (Grand Central Publishing, February 16, 2021).
Hailed as an “illuminating book for fans of biography and popular science” by Kirkus Reviews, Radiant tells the story of the extraordinary friendship between Marie Curie, a Nobel Prize–winning female scientist, and Loie Fuller, an American performance artist who became a living symbol of the Art Nouveau movement with her hypnotic dances and stunning theatrical effects. Credited today as the pioneer of modern dance, she was perennially broke, never took no for an answer, spent most of her life with a female partner, and never questioned her drive. She was a visionary, a renegade, and a loyal friend.
In the early 1900s, Loie heard about Marie Curie’s discovery of a glowing blue element and dreamed of using it to dazzle audiences on stage. While Loie’s dream would not be realized, her connection with Marie and their shared fascination with radium endured.
Read the review in Publishers Weekly.
Watch Liz talk about the science behind Radiant.
About Liz Heinecke
Liz Heinecke has an undergraduate degree in art from Luther College, a master’s degree in bacteriology from University of Wisconsin, Madison, and worked as an academic molecular biology researcher before starting her wildly successful online educational platform KitchenPantryScientist.com.
Liz has written seven books teaching kids (and their parents) how to perform simple science experiments at home, including two which pair science experiments with history lessons about scientists. She is a regular fixture on local TV morning shows including CBS and ABC, and frequently makes appearances for library programs and at STEM, STEAM and tech festivals. Between experiments and writing, Liz paints, sings, and plays the banjo. She lives in Minneapolis, MN.
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Thursday, April 22
7 to 8 pm on Zoom