Chapter 17. Information from Isotopes

The applications of nuclear processes can be divided into three basic classes—military, power, and radiation. In a conference[] shortly after the end of World War II the famous physicist Enrico Fermi discussed potential applications of radioisotopes. He then said, “It would not be very surprising if the stimulus that these new techniques will give to science were to have an outcome more spectacular than an economic and convenient energy source or the fearful destructiveness of the atomic bomb.”

Enrico Fermi, “Atomic Energy for Power,” in Science and Civilization, The Future of Atomic Energy, McGraw-Hill, New York, 1946.

Perhaps Fermi would be surprised to see the extent to which radioisotopes have become ...

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