This book is a teaching text for chemists. Considerable background in chemistry, calculus and newtonian and relativistic physics is necessary to appreciate fully the scope of this volume. Nevertheless, the authors have written the text in a lucid style that enables one with only a nodding acquaintance with higher mathematics to appreciate the principles set forth.
Throughout the book the historical approach is used to introduce a subject. This lends interest to the discussion and ties the new material to the basic knowledge of the student. The subject of radiochemistry is introduced with a discussion of the three principal naturally occurring radioactive series of substances. A discussion of atomic and nuclear structure is followed by an excellent treatment of nuclear reactions. Sources of bombarding particles, such as alpha particles, electrons, neutrons and gamma radiations and their properties are discussed.
The quantitative treatment of nuclear reactions receives attention, and it is