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Radium and the Secret of Life

Luis A. Campos


Radium and the Secret of Life reveals the numerous and powerful interconnections between radium and life in the first half of the twentieth century: in the early history of the physics and chemistry of radioactivity; in the vitalistic metaphors and metaphysics of the popular radium craze; in debates over how to experimentally investigate the historical origins of life; and through the work of major figures in the history of experimental evolution and classical genetics who were attempting to tease out fundamental facts of heredity. Not only a primary and vital part of the arsenal of early twen ... More

Keywords: radium, genetics, origins of life, mutation, radioactivity, secret of life

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780226238272
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2015 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226238302.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Luis A. Campos, author
University of New Mexico