AUTHORMalley, Marjorie
TITLERadioactivity: A History of a Mysterious Science
PUBLISHEROxford University Press
CITYOxford, England

The author intends this book as a historical account of the science of radioactivity for the non-specialist. The book provides a concise, interesting description of the development and applications of that remarkable component of nuclear physics. The first section takes the reader through the processes involved in developing, testing, and revising the emerging science of radioactivity. Part two focuses on the measurement and applications of radioactivity. The final section discusses the social, economic, cultural, and political environment that influenced the development of the new science. The author, an educator, has a special interest in making the history of science accessible for students and teachers. Appendices, a timeline, and a bibliography support the work.

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