A Parisian Walk along the Landmarks of the Discovery of Radioactivity

  • Ginette Gablot


To see the landmarks associated with the discovery of radioactivity by Henri Becquerel a century ago and the transfer of this new field of research from the most prestigious scientific institutions of the day to new scientific sites is worth a walk that will take most of a morning or afternoon to complete.


Ionization Chamber Marie Curie Cloud Chamber Potassium Sulfate Piezoelectric Quartz Crystal 
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© Birkhäuser Verlag Basel, Switzerland 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ginette Gablot
    • 1
  1. 1.Musée des arts et métiersParisFrance

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