About The Author

Liz Heinecke has always danced between art and science. An art major in college, she utilized her master’s degree in bacteriology and a decade as a lab researcher to chronicle her science exploration alongside her three children on KitchenPantryScientist.com. The website exploded in popularity, turning Liz into a beloved author and the Midwest’s premier science educator. Besides producing science videos, she contributes regularly to a number of TV lifestyle programs, including WCCO (CBS) and Twin Cities Live (ABC). Liz frequently makes appearances at library programs, Scout meetings and at STEM, STEAM and tech festivals. She lives in Minneapolis, MN.


Part hidden history, part love letter to creative innovation, this is the true story of an unlikely friendship between a dancer, Loie Fuller, and a scientist, Marie Curie, brought together by an illuminating discovery.


"...a unique, satisfying biography/creative nonfiction hybrid that celebrates the achievements of two women who revolutionized the artistic and scientific worlds. An illuminating book for fans of biography and popular science." ―Kirkus Reviews

"Radiant is the story of an unlikely friendship between two boundary-breaking women, each determined to bring some light into a dark world. A remarkable tale of science and art, beauty and loss, the power of the mind and the frailty of the body. Luminous."―Emily Anthes, Award-winning author of The Great Indoors

"Written at the vibrant intersection of science and art, Radiant details the fascinating lives of Marie Curie and Loïe Fuller. Both of these extraordinary women pursued their research with creativity and persistence, imagining radical new possibilities in their respective fields of chemistry and dance. Liz Heinecke's delightful book stages the story of their lively friendship within the proscenium frame of Belle Époque Paris."―Ann Cooper Albright, author of Traces of Light: Absence and Presence in the Work of Loïe Fuller

“With rich evocations of Belle Époque Paris and accessible introductions to the era’s artistic and scientific breakthroughs, this inspirational portrait of two trailblazing women soars.”
―Publishers Weekly

"Radiant is the absorbing story of two women moving through one another's orbits on the edge of their own singular legacies. In this fascinating story, Heinecke illuminates the individual work of Fuller and Curie along with their shared connection, leaving the reader with a sense of the fighting spirit they both held for their work, the people they loved, and life itself."―Amelia Gray, author of Isadora

"Radiant is an apt name for this book that illuminates subjects ranging from history to science and most especially, the lives and friendship of Loie Fuller and Marie Curie, two women who refused to let their genius and passion be thwarted by societal norms. An engaging, enlightening, and thoroughly entertaining read."―Lorna Landvik, bestselling author of Chronicles of a Radical Hag (with Recipes)

"Radiant is an uplifting story of discovery and friendship. Grounded in scientific and historical research, Liz Heinecke's book evokes the brilliance of Paris in the Belle Époque and delivers a timely reminder that even frustrated hope can produce enduring fulfillment."―Michael Joseph Gross, contributing editor, Vanity Fair

"Liz Heinecke's Radiant is a fascinating, exhaustively researched story about two women, scientist Marie Curie, and dancer Loie Fuller at the beginning of the 20th century in Paris. Both women broke through impossibly thick glass ceilings to become celebrated innovators. The two meet and an unlikely friendship is forged by both women's fascination with the possibilities of light. Radiant reads like a novel that you can't put down due to Heinecke's impressive prose and a gift for storytelling. I love this book."
―Laurie Lindeen, essayist and author of Petal Pusher

"Enchanting and informative, Radiant brings to light two critical figures at the turn of the 20th century: the world's first important female scientist, two-time Nobel-prize winner Marie Curie, and the mother of modern dance, Loie Fuller. This is a story of innovation and tenacity, beautifully conveyed by Liz Heinecke and chock full of scientific tidbits. Read this illuminating book, and you'll encounter Thomas Edison and Albert Einstein, and you'll understand why Marie Curie is one of our greatest scientists, why movie theaters are dark, and why you should travel (again) to Paris."―Dr. David Schneider, author of The Invention of Surgery

"Liz Heinecke expertly weaves the remarkable stories of two breathtakingly original women, Marie Curie and Loïe Fuller, into a superb book. Both women disrupted expectations and forged new paths in their fields and their friendship reveals the powerful connection between art and science at the turn of the 20th century. Radiant is compelling and vibrant."―Zeva Oelbaum, co-director of Obsessed with Light

From The Blog

In April of 1892, Loie Fuller had begun performing her original Serpentine Dance at theaters all over New York City, including Madison Square Theater(New York Hoyt’s company), Palmer’s Theater and Madison Square Garden Concert Hall. By the end of the month, she’d added a flower dance to her repertoire. Unfortunately, her unique dance was so …

While writing the RADIANT, I collected old postcards, along with antique magazine and newspaper articles featuring Loie Fuller. Here are a few images of La Loie, including a trading card photo of her famous butterfly skirt, and a magazine print of Loie climbing into a London cabby. If you share the images, please credit LizLeeHeinecke.com …

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