Radioactivity, 2nd Edition

Introduction and History, From the Quantum to Quarks

Radioactivity, 2nd Edition,Michael L'Annunziata,ISBN9780444634894
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As a comprehensive review of radioactivity from natural and artificial sources on earth and radiation of cosmic origins, this book provides users with a chronological account of the significant historical events on the topic dating from 1895 to the present, along with an introduction to the atom and its nucleus

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Key Features

  • 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, 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.


Chemists (especially physical and nuclear); physicists; scientists interested in radioactivity and nuclear energy; upper division undergraduates through graduate-level students

Michael L'Annunziata

Michael F. L’Annunziata earned his undergraduate B.Sc. degree in Chemistry in 1965 from St. Edward’s University and M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in 1967 and 1970 at the University of Arizona. His graduate thesis research in the 1960s was carried out under a research contract with the then U.S. Atomic Energy Commission (U.S. AEC). The research work dealt with the analysis of radionuclides and chemical remediation of the environment in the event of possible nuclear war and fission product fallout. His main research interests have been focused on the development of chemical and instrumental methods for the detection and measurement of radioactive nuclides and the utilization of radionuclides as tracers in biological research. L’Annunziata was formerly Head of Fellowships and Training at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna, Austria; and he has served as a representative for the IAEA in fact-finding, planning, and implementation assignments on peaceful applications of nuclear energy for development in over 50 countries of the world from 1976 to 2007. He is the author and editor of several books including “Radionuclide Tracers, Their Detection and Measurement” published in 1987 and the “Handbook of Radioactivity Analysis” now in its third edition published in 2012. His more lengthy biography has been included in the annual editions of “Who’s Who in the World” from 1987 to 2016.

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Radioactivity, 2nd Edition

1. Radioactivity and Our Well Being
2. Basic Concepts and Definitions
3. Hall of Fame: Part I
4. Alpha Radiation
5. Hall of Fame: Part II
6. Beta Radiation and Beta Decay
7. Hall of Fame: Part III
8. Electromagnetic Radiation – Photons
9. Hall of Fame: Part IV
10. Neutron Radiation
11. Hall of Fame: Part V
12. Atomic Electron Radiation
13. Hall of Fame: Part VI
14. Cosmic Radiation
15. Hall of Fame: Part VII
16. Cherenkov Radiation
17. Hall of Fame: Part VIII
18. Radionuclide Decay, Radioactivity Units, and Radionuclide Mass
19. Hall of Fame: Part IX
20. The Atomic Nucleus
21. Hall of Fame: Part X
22. The Atom as We Know and Use It
Appendix A:Particle Range Energy Correlations
Appendix B:Periodic Table of the Elements
Appendix C: Derivation of the Lorentz Transformations
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