SpringerBriefs in History of Science and Technology

From Transuranic to Superheavy Elements

A Story of Dispute and Creation

Authors: Kragh, Helge

  • Presents a concise and contextual history of research in superheavy elements
  • Discusses priority controversies in science
  • Illustrates concepts such as discovery, prediction, scientific misconduct, and reproducibility of experiments in modern nuclear science
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The story of superheavy elements  - those at the very end of the periodic table  - is not well known outside the community of heavy-ion physicists and nuclear chemists. But it is a most interesting story which deserves to be known also to historians, philosophers, and sociologists of science and indeed to the general public. This is what the present work aims at. It tells the story or rather parts of the story, of how physicists and chemists created elements heavier than uranium or searched for them in nature. And it does so with an emphasis on the frequent discovery and naming disputes concerning the synthesis of very heavy elements. Moreover, it calls attention to the criteria which scientists have adopted for what it means to have discovered a new element. In this branch of modern science it may be more appropriate to speak of creation instead of discovery. The work will be of interest to scientists as well as to scholars studying modern science from a meta-perspective.

About the authors

Helge Kragh, born in Copenhagen in 1944, studied mathematics and physics at the University of Copenhagen. He holds two doctorates, one in the sciences and the other in the humanities.

Kragh’s research interests are in the history of physics from the mid-19th century onward, the history of astronomy, the history of cosmology and the history of chemistry, often with a preference for interdisciplinary fields such as cosmochemistry, physical chemistry or physical cosmology.

Kragh is a co-founder of the European Society for the History of Science and served as its president in 2008-2010. He is Professor Emeritus at the Niels Bohr Archive in Copenhagen.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Beyond Uranium, Ca. 1890–1950

    Kragh, Helge

    Pages 1-16

  • Transuranic Alchemy

    Kragh, Helge

    Pages 17-29

  • On Element Discoveries

    Kragh, Helge

    Pages 31-42

  • Failed Discovery Claims

    Kragh, Helge

    Pages 43-57

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  • The Transfermium Wars

    Kragh, Helge

    Pages 59-75

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eBook 44,02 €
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Softcover 54,99 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-75812-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
From Transuranic to Superheavy Elements
Book Subtitle
A Story of Dispute and Creation
Authors
Series Title
SpringerBriefs in History of Science and Technology
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-75813-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-75813-8
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-75812-1
Series ISSN
2211-4564
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 106
Number of Illustrations and Tables
2 b/w illustrations
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