AUTHORJensen, Carsten
TITLEControversy and Consensus: Nuclear Beta Decay 1911-1934
PUBLISHERBirkhäuser
CITYBoston, MA
DATE PUBLISHED2000
ISBN3-7643-5313-9


This posthumously edited dissertation follows the discovery of the beta spectrum until its settled theoretical explanation in 1934 by connecting the experimental and theoretical aspects. The book begins with the first identification of beta rays in 1900 and the beta experiments during the following ten years. Then it focuses on the contributions of Ernest Rutherford, James Chadwick, William Wooster, Niels Bohr, Wolfgang Pauli, and Enrico Fermi. It discusses at length the debate of beta rays’ origin among Lise Meitner, Charles Ellis, and Adolf Smekal. It includes charts, diagrams, graphs, pictures and an index of key people. The


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