Coverage encompasses the structure of atoms, energy, radioactive transformation
, interactions, nuclear fission and its products, interactions of radiation with matter, shielding, environmental dispersion, and detection and measurement, among other topics.
Fifteen chapters cover atoms and energy, major discoveries in radiation physics, radioactive transformation
, interactions, nuclear fission and its products, naturally occurring radiation and radioactivity, interactions of radiation with matter, radiation shielding, internal radiation dose, environmental dispersion, nuclear criticality, radiation detection and measurement, statistics in radiation physics, neutrons, and x-rays.
"Maybe," he said, at a meeting on August 25, 1957, "The Goose changes the iron into gold by transmutation [the radioactive transformation
of one element into another]."