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Radio-Activity - RUTHERFORD, Ernest - 1904. 
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1904. 1st Edition. Hardcover. 8vo - over 7Â¾ - 9Â¾" tall. 8vo (220x139 mm). viii, , 399  pp. Original green publishers cloth (spine lightly tanned, extemities lightly rubbed, corners bumped), dedication inscription to first flyleaf, internally clean with only mild browning to page margins. Good copy. ----Dibner Heralds of Science 51, Grolier/Horblit 51; Norman 1871 - FIRST EDITION. The first textbook on radioactivity. Thorium emanations had been discovered in 1900, and Rutherford worked towards further developing concepts of atomic structure. "He discovered and named alpha and beta rays emitted from radio-active salts and predicted that disintegration of some radioactive elements would generate helium. He also produced in the laboratory the first artificial transmutation of one element into another" (Dibner). This work was "recognized as a classic at its publication in 1904" (DSB), and a second edition, half as big again, had to be published the following year, so quickly did Rutherford's achievements develop. Near Fine.
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