Introduction and Fundamentals

  • Ralph H. Thomas
Part of the Ettore Majorana International Science Series book series (EMISS, volume 2)

Abstract

Some may think that a lecture on “fundamentals” is perhaps inconsistent with the title of this course which deals with “advances” in the areas of radiation protection and dosimetry in medicine. The Oxford English Dictionary2 defines fundamental as “Pertaining to the foundations or groundwork, going to the root of the matter.” The English language is so abused these days that it may be a shock to some to learn that an equivalent to “fundamental” is “radical.” Dante Gabriel Rossetti was able to very clearly perceive that “fundamentals” were, in fact, the basis for all fine creativity—if I may be allowed the presumption that he would have agreed that the distinction between artistic and scientific creativity is a fine one, if indeed it exists at all. This course will discuss advances in the fundamental sciences which underlie that applied science which is variously called health physics, radiological protection, or radiation protection.

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Radiation Damage Radiation Protection International School Radiological Protection Absorb Dose Rate 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ralph H. Thomas
    • 1
  1. 1.Lawrence Berkeley LaboratoryUniversity of CaliforniaBerkeleyUSA

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