First edition, first impression of "the first textbook on radioactivity, surveying contemporary knowledge of the entire field" (Dibner 51), by Ernest Rutherford, the scientist who discovered the structure of the atom and who was the first to split the atom. "Research progressed so rapidly in this area that the second edition, published only a year later, had to be enlarged by fifty percent. The book includes a discussion of Rutherford's revolutionary transformation theory, developed during the period 1902-1903, which states that radioactivity is a by-product of the transformation of one element into another" (Norman 1870).
Bibliography: Dibner 51; Norman 1870; Horblitt 51.
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1904.
Octavo. Original green cloth, titles to spine and upper board gilt, rules to boards and spine in blind. 1 plate, charts and illustrations within the text. Lacking the front free endpaper. Binding a little rubbed with small worn spots at the tips, some scuffs to the lower board and a few faint spots, spotting to endpapers, edges of text block lightly toned. Very good condition.
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