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Radioactivity by Michael F. L'Annunziata

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Book Description

Radioactivity: Introduction and History, From the Quantum to Quarks, Second Edition provides a greatly expanded overview of radioactivity from natural and artificial sources on earth, radiation of cosmic origins, and an introduction to the atom and its nucleus. The book also includes historical accounts of the lives, works, and major achievements of many famous pioneers and Nobel Laureates from 1895 to the present.

These leaders in the field have contributed to our knowledge of the science of the atom, its nucleus, nuclear decay, and subatomic particles that are part of our current knowledge of the structure of matter, including the role of quarks, leptons, and the bosons (force carriers).

Users will find a completely revised and greatly expanded text that includes all new material that further describes the significant historical events on the topic dating from the 1950s to the present.



  • Provides a detailed account of nuclear radiation – its origin and properties, the atom, its nucleus, and subatomic particles including quarks, leptons, and force carriers (bosons)
  • Includes fascinating biographies of the pioneers in the field, including captivating anecdotes and insights
  • Presents meticulous accounts of experiments and calculations used by pioneers to confirm their findings

  • ISBN: 9780444634962 |
  • Hardcover: 932 pages |
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science |
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  • Language: English |
  • Format: Ebook