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Nuclear Radioactivity

Nuclear Radioactivity

The discovery and study of nuclear radioactivity quickly revealed evidence of revolutionary new physics. In addition, uses for nuclear radiation also emerged quickly—for example, people such as Ernest Rutherford used it to determine the size of the nucleus and devices were painted with radon-doped paint to make them glow in the dark (see this figure). We therefore begin our study of nuclear physics with the discovery and basic features of nuclear radioactivity.

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