AUTHORMagill, Joseph / Galy, Jean
TITLERadioactivity, Radionuclides, Radiation
CITYNew York, NY

This volume offers a broad overview of radioactivity, radionuclides, and radiation, furnishing basic information about their history, science, and application. After opening with a short chapter on the discovery of atoms and radioactivity, from the work of early Greek thinkers to twentieth century scientists' contributions, the book turns toward basic principles of nuclear energy, nuclear reactions, and nuclear decay. The volume then addresses radiological uses in environmental and medical areas, such as medical treatments, food sterilization, and archaeological dating. It concludes with a discussion of natural and artificial sources of radiation and the dangers associated with them, including nuclear accidents and the use of “dirty bombs.” The book devotes significant space to chemical and mathematical equations, which may be useful for students and professionals but may challenge the average reader. A variety of supplements accompany the text: numerous tables, charts, and illustrations; a CD-ROM containing the interactive Universal Nuclide Chart for displaying nuclear data, decay processes, and nuclear reactions; a large fold-out chart of the nuclides; a detailed glossary along with other appendices; and a chapter-by-chapter bibliography.

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