W. F. LIBBY, PH.D.
Radiocarbon dating had its origin in a study of the possible effects that cosmic rays might have on the earth and on the earth's atmosphere. We were interested in testing whether any of the various effects which might be predicted could actually be found and used. Initially, the problem seemed rather difficult, for ignorance of billion-electron volt nuclear physics (cosmic ray energies are in this range) was so abysmal at the time (and incidentally, 15 years later is still abysmal) that it is nearly impossible to predict with any certainty the effects of the collisions of the multibillion-volt primary cosmic
LIBBY WF. Radiocarbon Dating. Ann Intern Med. ;59:566–579. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-59-4-566
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1963;59(4):566-579.
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