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The Discovery of Isotopes

A Complete Compilation

Authors: Thoennessen, Michael

  • “THE” authoritative source for the determination of the discoveries of all nuclides
  • Includes discoveries of new isotopes up to the end of 2015
  • Provides a table of references from the earliest to the latest experimental papers for all isotopes 
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This book describes the exciting discovery of every isotope observed on earth to date, which currently numbers some 3000. The discoveries are arranged in chapters according to the observation techniques or production methods. Each chapter contains tables listing the first authors of the first publication as well as details about the production and detection methods used. At the end, a comprehensive table lists all isotopes sorted by elements. The book is based on individual paragraphs for each isotope, which were published over the last few years as separate articles in the journal “Atomic Data and Nuclear Data Tables”. The work re-evaluates all prior assignments judging them with a uniform set of criteria. In addition, the author includes over 100 new isotopes which have been discovered since the articles published.
This book is a source of information for researchers as well as enthusiastic laymen alike.

From the prepublication review:

“The explanations focus on the essentials, which makes the various chapters pleasingly compact. The phrasing is well understandable also for non-experts. This makes the book easy to read, even thrilling. I have to confess that parts of the manuscript I was even reading as an evening lecture in the bed, so exciting was the history of isotope discoveries.” 

Sigurd Hofmann, Helmholtz Professor at GSI Darmstadt, Germany, and a leading expert in superheavy nuclei

About the authors

Michael Thoennessen, since 1998 full professor at Michigan State University in the Department of Physics & Astronomy and the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory,  obtained his MS in Physics in 1985 from the University of Cologne, Germany, and his Ph.D. in 1988 from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, USA. Michael then joined the Joint Institute for Heavy Ion Research at ORNL, Oak Ridge, as a Research Associate. He currently is a University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Physics & Astronomy and  Associate Director for User Relations, at the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams.

The author and co-author of more than 450 scholarly publications, as well as Supervisory Editor of the journal Nuclear Physics A, focuses his research on experimental nuclear physics.

He is involved in the Discovery of Nuclides Project, a literature search to document the discovery of all isotopes, started in 2007 and published in a series of papers in the journal Atomic Data and Nuclear Data Tables.
Among others he was awarded the William Elgin Wickenden Award of the American Society for Engineering Education in 1999, the GENCO (GSI Exotic Nuclei Community) Membership Award in 2009 and the Division of Nuclear Physics Mentoring Award of the American Physical Society in 2012. He has been a Fellow of the American Physical Society since 2005.

Reviews

“Thoennessen (physics and astronomy, Michigan State Univ.) collected information on every isotope (or nuclide) ever discovered or created in a laboratory. … The book documents their history and additional details regarding their discovery or creation. The diagrams, pictures, color plates, and graphs are all very useful in understanding the work of innumerable physicists, chemists, and engineers over the course of many decades. … Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students, researchers, and faculty; professionals.” (N. Sadanand, Choice, Vol. 54 (5), January, 2017)

“The book presents a nicely ordered description and related original references of the early days of the isotope research as part of the history of nuclear physics. … presents a carefully written piece of literature and deserves a place in the book shelf of a nuclear physicist. … offers a useful source of information for students and teachers, as well as for non-experts. It is highly recommended reading as support material for nuclear physics classes in high school and universities.” (Juha Äystö, Nuclear Physics News, Vol. 27 (1), 2017)


Table of contents (17 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Discovery of Isotopes
Book Subtitle
A Complete Compilation
Authors
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-31763-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-31763-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-31761-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 413
Number of Illustrations and Tables
86 b/w illustrations, 21 illustrations in colour
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