The „Academia” magazine was founded on the initiative of Professor
Andrzej B. Legocki, a President of the Polish Academy of Sciences in
2003 – 2006. In the beginning it was published only in English as a
reply to the growing demand for a current information on the Polish
Academy of Sciences` activities, expressed by foreign scientists and
Poles living abroad and interested in Polish science.
Since 2005 the magazine is published both in Polish and English.
The „Academia” is an exceptional - on the Polish market - scientific
magazine for the general public, propagating achievements of Polish
scientists here and abroad. Authors of articles in „Academia” explain
their subject in a way that is accessible not only for all sorts of
academics but also for students, pupils and all other readers interested
in scientific topics for the general public.
There has only been one occasion in the history of the Nobel Prize when a mother and daughter were awarded a total of three prizes. This feat was achieved by Marie Skłodowska-Curie and Irene Curie-Joliot.
Some of the greatest scientific breakthroughs of the late 19th century - the discovery of X-rays by Roentgen in 1895, and of radium by Pierre and Marie Skłodowska-Curie in 1898 - ushered in a new era in cancer treatment.
Nuclear power plants are playing an increasingly important role in energy production in many European countries. One of the key problems that arise as a result is what to do with the high volume of nuclear waste.
During the Age of Enlightenment, when scientific thought was developing rapidly, the overwhelming majority of the individuals involved in the scientific movement were men. However, two ladies from the French aristocratic circles put so much energy into their scientific interest that their contemporaries were simply unable to restrict and sideline them.
Living cells are essentially just sacks filled with molecules, most of which move around freely, pulled around by random thermal motions. And yet different cells fulfill extremely precise functions in living organisms. How does the randomness of inanimate matter become a highly organized living tissue?
The PAS Archives hold photographs of Marie Skłodowska-Curie and her family, as well as medals and personal letters. They are valuable resources for studying the great scientist's life and achievements.