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The Transuranium People

The Inside Story

The Transuranium People by D C Hoffman
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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.

Contents: Neptunium and Plutonium; The Plutonium People; Americium and Curium; Berkelium and Californium; The “Big Bang”: Discovery of Einsteinium and Fermium; Mendelevium; Nobelium and Lawrencium; Rutherfordium and Hahnium; Seaborgium; Bohrium (107), Hassium (108), and Meitnerium (109); Elements 110, 111, and 112; Naming Controversies and the Transfermium Working Group; Searches for the Superheavy Elements; Reflections and Predictions.

Readership: Undergraduates and graduates in nuclear physics, radiochemistry and the general readers.

World Scientific Publishing Company; January 2000
563 pages; ISBN 9781783262441
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Title: The Transuranium People
Author: D C Hoffman; A Ghiorso; G T Seaborg