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By C. Richard Cothern (auth.), C. Richard Cothern, James E. Smith Jr. (eds.)

This quantity is meant for the pro who's a newcomer to the world of environmental radon. It marks the 1st time that chapters on those matters were introduced jointly in one quantity, and it truly is prepared in order that somebody with a few easy university-level chemistry and physics can strengthen a transparent figuring out of the several features concerned. the amount is meant to function a supplementary textbook in public overall healthiness, environmental, and well-being physics classes. It may also be utilized by the pro to get "up to hurry" during this speedily evolving box. The chapters aren't unavoidably a dialogue of the most recent study during this fast-moving box, yet are meant to convey the reader to a degree at which he can simply comprehend the present literature. in the back of this quantity the reader will locate the references for the person chapters, a common checklist of interpreting fabrics, a thesaurus, an appendix describing the equations for radioactive decay for a chain of progeny, a desk of usually used conversion elements, and the addresses and short biographies of the authors and editors. either historic and SI (International procedure) devices are used during the ebook to supply details for the widest diversity of readers. thank you visit Tom Hess for the assumption for this quantity and to Jessica Barron for assist in editing.

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By May, he was able to report that after the materials were shielded from light in his darkroom for two months, the photographic plate was still exposed without perceptible weakening of the image. 8 There is a general lack of prehistory in the field of radioactivity as there are no recorded accounts of anyone coming close to discovering the phenomenon of radioactivity or of discovering closely related phenomena. The history developed in spite of the fact that the mysterious penetrating rays from uranium did not give pictures of bones as X rays did and thus were not as interesting to scientists for * General references for more reading about the history of radioactivity are given in Reference (6).

C. 2 Early Miner Experience Although radon was not discovered until the turn of this century, its effects have been known since the 16th century. 2* Similar effects were seen in miners at Jachymov (the Joachimsthal region of Bohemia) as early as the 17th century. These mines were first worked in the 15th century at Schneeberg and the 16th century at Jachymov. They first produced copper, iron, and silver ores, and in the late 1880s, pitchblende that was used for uranium dyes, and later radium and uranium were produced from the pitcblende.

The history developed in spite of the fact that the mysterious penetrating rays from uranium did not give pictures of bones as X rays did and thus were not as interesting to scientists for * General references for more reading about the history of radioactivity are given in Reference (6). HISTORY AND USES 35 practical applications. Perhaps it was the inexplicability of the rays from uranium that attracted the interest of Marie Curie and others. 4 Early Studies Gerhard C. 1) independently discovered in 1898 that thorium also exhibited radioactive powers and verified the existence of the phenomenon.

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