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From Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen's search for new kinds of radiation
resulted the discovery of the natural radioactivity of uranium by
Antoine Henry Becquerel in 1896. This event opened a new era of science
that can be considered as the beginning of nuclear sciences. The
findings of Pierre and Marie Curie of radium and polonium as useful
radiation source subsequently opened the way to the first applications
of radiation in medicine. Over the decades and still today radiation
has found broad applications in many fields of science and technology.
Not only chemistry, physics, biochemistry and medicine are using
relevant applications of radioactivity. Biochemistry, agriculture,
cosmo- and geochemistry, archaeology, geology also are fields where
radiochemistry still is gaining importance. This book gives a survey
about the history and modern aspects of radioactivity, new synthetic
elements, and applications of radioactivity.
One Hundred Years after the Discovery of Radioactivity
Ed. by Adloff, P. / Lieser, K. / Stöcklin, G.