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The Age of Innocence: Nuclear Physics between the First and Second World Wars

Roger H. Stuewer


Nuclear physics emerged as the dominant field in experimental and theoretical physics between 1919 and 1939, the two decades between the First and Second World Wars. Milestones were Ernest Rutherford’s discovery of artificial nuclear disintegration (1919), George Gamow’s and Ronald Gurney and Edward Condon’s simultaneous quantum-mechanical theory of alpha decay (1928), Harold Urey’s discovery of deuterium (the deuteron), James Chadwick’s discovery of the neutron, Carl Anderson’s discovery of the positron, John Cockcroft and Ernest Walton’s invention of their eponymous linear accelerator, and E ... More

Keywords: nuclear physics history, nuclear physics conferences, nuclear physics experiments, nuclear physics theories, physics institutions, nuclear particles, nuclear fission, particle accelerators, intellectual migration, scientific controversies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198827870
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198827870.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Roger H. Stuewer, author
University of Minnesota, History of Science and Technology