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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
Gablot, Ginette
Hon, Giora
Peña, Carolyn Thomas de la
Hessenbrunch, Arne
Ceranski, Beate
Schwerin, Alexander von
Physics in Perspective
NTM: Zeitschrift für Geschichte der Naturwissenschaften, Technik und Medizin
Technology and Culture
Archive for History of Exact Sciences
Actes d’Història de la Ciència i de la Tècnica
Columbia University Press
Obrador Edèndum, PURV; Santa Coloma de Queralt: Edèndum Obrador, Purves
It Books
Harvard University
Experiments and experimentation
Laboratory techniques and procedures
Curie, Marie Sklodowska
Curie, Pierre
Rutherford, Ernest, 1st Baron
Joliot-Curie, Irène
Joliot-Curie, Frédéric
Becquerel, Henri
Time Periods
20th century, early
19th century
20th century
United States
Paris (France)
Vienna (Austria)
Kaiser-Wilhelm-Institut für Hirnforschung, Berlin-Buch
Solvay Conferences

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