Radioactivity and Its Measurement


  • W. B. Mann
  • R. L. Ayres
  • S. B. Garfinkel, Natural Bureau of Standards, USA

Begins with a description of the discovery of radioactivity and the historic research of such pioneers as the Curies and Rutherford. After a discussion of the interactions of &agr;, &bgr; and &ggr; rays with matter, the energetics of the different modes of nuclear disintegration are considered in relation to the Einstein mass-energy relationship as applied to radioactive transformations. Radiation detectors and radioactivity measurements are also discussed
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Text for general radioactivity courses, particularly those oriented towards health physics or nuclear medicine and for physics undergraduate courses; sciences teachers, working scientists and interested laymen


Book information

  • Published: May 1980
  • Imprint: PERGAMON
  • ISBN: 978-0-08-025028-1


Altogether a book which can be recommended other introductory book of the same quality is known to the reviewer.

International Journal of Applied Radiation and Isotopes

The book is well referenced, directing the reader both to original scientific papers and to other, more general, books in which more details of specific aspects of the subject can be found.

Physics in Medicine and Biology

Table of Contents

(partial) The discovery of radioactivity and early experiments into its nature

Radioactive change and the theory of successive radioactive transformations

The interactions of &agr;, &bgr; and &ggr; rays with matter

The neutrino and the neutron

The energetics of nuclear change

Radiation detectors

Electronic instrumentation

Radioactivity measurements