Atomic Transmutation. The Greatest Discovery Ever Made.
From the Memoirs of Frederick Soddy. Nobel Laureate 1921.London: New World Publications, 1953 Stock Code: 83467
Modern alchemyFirst edition, first impression. Inscribed by Soddy on the half-title, "Frederick Soddy, May 20th 1953" and also by his co-author, "Love from the author, Muriel Howorth". Frederick Soddy, the discoverer of isotopes, began his career in the laboratory of Ernest Rutherford. "Together they published a series of papers on radioactivity and concluded that it was a phenomenon involving atomic disintegration with the formation of new kinds of matter From 1904 to 1914 Soddy was lecturer in physical chemistry and radioactivity in the University of Glasgow. Here he did much practical chemical work on radioactive materials. During this period he evolved the so-called "Displacement Law", namely that emission of an alpha-particle from an element causes that element to move back two places in the Periodic Table. " (Nobel Prize biography). In 1910 Soddy demonstrated that "certain elements with apparently identical chemical properties and behaviour had different atomic weights. Such groups he called isotopes" (PMM 407). Soddy's work was fundamental to the understanding of the nature of radioactivity and matter, and he was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1921. This book was the first, and only published, volume in a planned series of memoirs based on interviews with Soddy, and covers the scientist's life through 1904, including his work with Rutherford. It also contains the complete text of Just Fifty Years Ago, an address he gave to the Institute of Atomic Information for the Layman in February 1953 in celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the discovery of atomic transmutation. Uncommon signed.
Octavo. Original white cloth, titles to spine and front board gilt.
3 plates from photographs.
Very lightly rubbed at extremities, a couple of small spots to cloth, light spotting to endpapers. An excellent copy.
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