Radiations from Radioactive Substances

RUTHERFORD, Ernest, James CHADWICK & C.D. ELLIS. Radiations from Radioactive Substances.

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RUTHERFORD, Ernest, James CHADWICK & C.D. ELLIS. Radiations from Radioactive Substances. Cambridge University Press. 1930.

8vo. Original green cloth, gilt lettering to spine, in original dustwrapper; pp. xii + 588, 12 plates and numerous text illustrations; dustwrapper with small chips to head and foot of spine, tape marks to corners, offsetting from wrapper to free endpapers, otherwise internally very clean, very good..
First edition, in extremely scarce dustwrapper. This work was intended to supersede Radioactive Substances and their Radiation (1913), which by 1930 was very out of date, and stands as Rutherford's last published word on this subject. He contributed the sections on alpha rays. Chadwick, who writes here mainly on the scattering of alpha and beta particles, and Ellis, who deals with beta and gamma rays, were notable physicists in their own right. They met as P.O.W.s during World War I and developed a friendship based on their love of physics, and Chadwick went on to win the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1935 for his discovery of the neutron.

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