Half Lives: The Unlikely History Of Radium
- General Science, Technology
Our deadly love affair with radium
Of all the radioactive elements discovered at the end of the nineteenth century, it was radium that became the focus of public fascination. Half Lives tells the curious and sometimes macabre story of the element through its ascendance as a desirable item--a present for a queen, a prize in a treasure hunt, a glow-in- the-dark dance costume--to its role as a supposed cure-all, when medical practitioners and business people (reputable and otherwise) devised ingenious ways of commodifying the new wonder element. Dive into the stories of these products and the gradual downfall and discredit of the radium industry through the eyes of the people who bought, sold and eventually came to fear the once-fetishized substance.
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|Release Date:||July 6, 2021|