Radioactivity – Introduction and History, From the Quantum to Quarks, 2nd Edition by Annunziata :: During the preparation of the first edition, published in 2007, I was only able to provide the early history of the development of the science concerning the atom, its nucleus, and nuclear decay up to around 1950. Nevertheless, the book was well received, as evidenced by its appearance in 2008 in the top 10 of the Library Journal’s best sellers list in physics. When Elsevier invited me to prepare an expanded second edition, I relished both the challenge and the opportunity. This gave me the chance to expand the book to the present, and describe the historical developments that have led to our current understanding of the science of the atom, its nucleus, and the nuclear decay that gives rise to radioactivity. I have included in this new second edition a review of our current understanding of the building blocks of matter, the fundamental forces in nature, and the role of quarks and the force particles, ie, gluons, photons,  and Z0 bosons, in nuclear stability and decay. This expansion of the book compelled me to augment its subtitle to include From the Quantum to Quarks, which more accurately reflects its comprehensive content.
Readers familiar with the first edition will notice that I have included more photographs of the pioneers and Nobel Laureates who have contributed in a large way to our current knowledge of nuclear science heeded the requests of readers to do so. Also, I have continued to include throughout the book copies of postage stamps that commemorate the pioneers and the important contributions they made to our current understanding of this fascinating science. The inclusion of commemorative postage stamps of the pioneers highlights the importance of their work and the recognition and celebrity status attributed to them for discoveries that have had an important impact on our daily lives.

Radioactivity – Introduction and History, From the Quantum to Quarks, 2nd Edition by Annunziata

Title: Radioactivity – Introduction and History, From the Quantum to Quarks
Editor: Michael F. L’Annunziata
Edition: 2nd
Publisher: Elsevier Publications
Length: 911 pages
Size: 171 MB
Language: English


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.


Radioactivity. Introduction and History, from the Quantum to Quarks

Author(s): Michael F. L’Annunziata

Publisher: Elsevier, Year: 2016

ISBN: 0444634894


[PDF] Radioactivity – Introduction and History, From the Quantum to Quarks Table Of Contents

About the Cover Illustration,Front Matter,Copyright,Dedication,About the Author,Foreword,Preface to the First Edition,Preface to the Second Edition,Acronyms, Abbreviations and Symbols,IntroductionEntitled to full textChapter 1 – Radioactivity and Our Well-Being, Pages 1-66
Chapter 2 – Basic Concepts and Definitions, Pages 67-78
Chapter 3 – Hall of Fame: Part I, Pages 79-122
Chapter 4 – Alpha Radiation, Pages 123-134
Chapter 5 – Hall of Fame: Part II, Pages 135-166
Chapter 6 – Beta Radiation and Beta Decay, Pages 167-201
Chapter 7 – Hall of Fame: Part III, Pages 203-268
Chapter 8 – Electromagnetic Radiation: Photons, Pages 269-302
Chapter 9 – Hall of Fame: Part IV, Pages 303-359
Chapter 10 – Neutron Radiation, Pages 361-389
Chapter 11 – Hall of Fame: Part V, Pages 391-434
Chapter 12 – Atomic Electron Radiation, Pages 435-442
Chapter 13 – Hall of Fame: Part VI, Pages 443-494
Chapter 14 – Cosmic Radiation, Pages 495-518
Chapter 15 – Hall of Fame: Part VII, Pages 519-546
Chapter 16 – Cherenkov Radiation, Pages 547-581
Chapter 17 – Hall of Fame: Part VIII, Pages 583-619
Chapter 18 – Radionuclide Decay, Radioactivity Units, and Radionuclide Mass, Pages 621-638
Chapter 19 – Hall of Fame: Part IX, Pages 639-677
Chapter 20 – The Atomic Nucleus, Pages 679-728
Chapter 21 – Hall of Fame: Part X, Pages 729-798
Chapter 22 – The Atom as We Know and Use It, Pages 799-814
Appendix A, Pages 815-819
Appendix B, Page 821
Appendix C, Pages 823-827
References, Pages 829-878
Index, Pages 879-902

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