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The discussion between P. Curie and E. Rutherford (1900-1904)

Abstract : A serious discussion took place between P. Curie in Paris and E. Rutherford in Montreal from 1900 until 1904 through the medium of scientific publications. P. and M. Curie had observed that radium produces "induced radioactivity", whereas, at the same time, Rutherford had observed that thorium emits a kind of "emanation". P. Curie, performing different experiments with his collaborators, believed that radioactive atoms draw from the environment the energy that they will release. Rutherford, together with F. Soddy, in a series of delicate experiments, discovered that radioactivity is the spontaneous transformation of one radio-element into another. Finally, in March 1904, P. Curie "adopted the point of view of Mr Rutherford".
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P. Radvanyi. The discussion between P. Curie and E. Rutherford (1900-1904). European Physical Journal H, EDP Sciences, 2013, 38, pp.433-441. ⟨10.1140/epjh/e2013-30019-8⟩. ⟨in2p3-00946817⟩

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