AUTHORTrenn, Thaddeus J.
TITLEThe Self-Splitting Atom: A History of the Rutherford-Soddy Collaboration
PUBLISHERTaylor and Francis Ltd
CITYLondon, England
DATE PUBLISHED1977
ISBN0-85066-109-9


This book portrays the successful collaboration between physicist Ernest Rutherford and chemist Frederick Soddy in the early 1900s which yielded the first hypothesis of spontaneous atomic disintegration in order to explain the phenomena of radioactivity. The author presents a detailed account of the experiments from the point of view of those scientists. They worked together on the hypothesis, which remains an accepted theory, for 18 months at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. In addition to graphs and figures that depict Rutherford and Soddy’s work, the author includes previously unpublished material such as pages from original laboratory notebooks.


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