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Hot Carbon: Carbon-14 and a Revolution in Science

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There are few fields of science that carbon-14 has not touched. A radioactive isotope of carbon, it stands out for its unusually long half-life. Best known for its application to estimating the age of artifacts--carbon dating--carbon-14 helped reveal new chronologies of human civilization and geological time. Everything containing carbon, the basis of all life, could be pl ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Expected publication: June 25th 2019 by Columbia University Press
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Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
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Hot Carbon sounded to be another hit for me. Unfortunately, it wasn’t.

The facts presented are very interesting; I didn’t know much about Carbon 14 other than its use for age dating so I learned quite a few new things. However, all those presented are before the ‘90s. For a book written/published in 2019, especially a scientific one, that’s a big minus, in my opinion.

The history of its discovery, the way it’s found in nature and its applications are quite engaging. For all that, the way the story
Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
If you like science even a little, and/or get excited about discussions of things like atoms and electromagnetic spectrums, you'll love this. But you don't have to have a science background to enjoy it. The author does a great job of providing history and context (plus photos and diagrams) to provide an interesting history to the amazing carbon-14 and its discovery.

Thanks very much for the ARC for review!
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