Transuranium People, The: The Inside Story

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World Scientific, Jan 21, 2000 - Science - 564 pages
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In this highly interesting book, three pioneering investigators provide an account of the discovery and investigation of the nuclear and chemical properties of the twenty presently known transuranium elements. The neutron irradiation of uranium led to the discovery of nuclear fission in 1938 and then to the first transuranium element, neptunium (atomic number 93), in 1940. Plutonium (94) quickly followed and the next nine elements completed the actinide series by 1961. Investigation of the chemical properties of the actinides was followed more recently by chemical studies of the first three transactinides — rutherfordium (104), hahnium (105), and seaborgium (106). Recent discoveries have extended the known elements to 112./a
 

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Contents

Acknowledgments
xi
Glenn Theodore Seaborg 19121999
xiii
Preface Intimate Glimpses of the Authors Early Lives
xvii
Glossary
xci
Chapter 1 Introduction
1
Chapter 2 Neptunium and Plutonium
28
Chapter 3 The Plutonium People
43
Chapter 4 Americium and Curium
100
Chapter 8 Nobelium and Lawrencium
230
Chapter 9 Rutherfordium and Hahnium
258
Chapter 10 Seaborgium
300
Chapter 11 Bohrium 107 Hassium 108 and Meitnerium 109
328
Chapter 12 Elements 110 111 and 112
341
Chapter 13 Naming Controversies and the Transfermium Working Group
369
Chapter 14 Searches for the Superheavy Elements
400
Chapter 15 Reflections and Predictions
434

Chapter 5 Berkelium and Californium
130
Discovery of Einsteinium and Fermium
155
Chapter 7 Mendelevium
201
Name Index
441
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