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The Discussion between P. Curie and E. Rutherford (1900--1904) (2013)


A serious discussion took place between P. Curie in Paris and E. Rutherford in Montreal from 1900 until 1904 through the medium of scientific publications. P. and M. Curie had observed that radium produces induced radioactivity, whereas, at the same time, Rutherford had observed that thorium emits a kind of emanation. P. Curie, performing different experiments with his collaborators, believed that radioactive atoms draw from the environment the energy that they will release. Rutherford, together with F. Soddy, in a series of delicate experiments, discovered that radioactivity is the spontaneous transformation of one radio-element into another. Finally, in March 1904, P. Curie adopted the point of view of Mr Rutherford.

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Authors & Contributors
Fredrickson, Anne
Oszajca, Paulina
Eva Hemmungs Wirtén
Candela, Andrea
Holmes, Matthew
Zwicker, Katherine Jane
NTM: Zeitschrift für Geschichte der Naturwissenschaften, Technik und Medizin
Physics in Perspective
Atti e Memorie, Rivista di Storia della Farmacia
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Social Studies of Science
Obrador Edèndum, PURV; Santa Coloma de Queralt: Edèndum Obrador, Purves
It Books
Columbia University Press
Harvard University
Experiments and experimentation
Development; growth; life; death
Curie, Pierre
Curie, Marie Sklodowska
Rutherford, Ernest, 1st Baron
Joliot-Curie, Irène
Joliot-Curie, Frédéric
Müller, Hermann Joseph
Time Periods
20th century, early
19th century
20th century
United States
Kaiser-Wilhelm-Institut für Hirnforschung, Berlin-Buch
Solvay Conferences

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