Half Lives: The Unlikely History of Radium

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(9 CDs)
Product Number: MPCD5373
Released: 01 Nov, 2020
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781004018321
Narrator(s): Deirdra Whelan
Publisher: W F Howes
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Half Lives is an enjoyable journey into the odd areas where science and consumerism meet, telling the tale of the entrepreneurs and consumers in radium’s history who have until now been considered quacks, or fools, or both. The discovery of radium in the late 19th century prompted a flurry of experiments to scope the limits of its potential applications. Half Lives tells the fascinating, curious, 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, a boon to the housewife, and an ingredient in a startling host of consumer products – to its role as a cure-all in everyday 20th-century life. Finally, it details the gradual downfall and discredit of the radium industry through the eyes of the people who bought, sold and eventually came to fear it. Lucy is an expert in the history of twentieth-century leisure, health, and beauty with a particular interest - some might say obsession - in the cultural history of radioactivity. She is now the Executive Secretary of the British Society for the History of Science and the Administrator for the Historical Writers’ Association. In the past, she has also worked as Secretary of the Authors’ Club and the Director of the Crime Writers’ Association.

Author(s): Lucy Jane Santos
Original Publish Date: 01 Nov, 2020

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Author(s): Lucy Jane Santos
Narrator(s): Deirdra Whelan
Product Number CX6656
Released: 01 Nov, 2020
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Publisher: W F Howes
ISBN: #9781004018314
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Author(s): Lucy Jane Santos
Narrator(s): Deirdra Whelan
Product Number TCM4055
Released: 01 Nov, 2020
Business Term: Multiuse 100 Circ
Publisher: W F Howes
ISBN: #9781004018338

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