I track the Legacy Fund here.
In the previous report:
- June, 2016: $3.8 billion. Schmidt said the Legacy Fund will hold $3.8 billion with the June transfer of $28.3 million.
Perhaps The Bismarck Tribune will post an update.
Mysteries of Terra Firma: The Age and Evolution Of The Earth
James Lawrence Powell
President and Director, LA County Museum of Natural History
I have some handwritten notes on the subject of radioactivity back at the house. I had always planned on transcribing but never got around to it, and probably never will.
Fortunately, it looks like this short book may provide some of the same details that I had in those notes from a different source.
Chapter 1: The Mill of Exquisite Workmanship
- May 5, 1904: Ernest Rutherford, McGill University, Montreal; addressed Royal Society of London
- transmutating atoms
- "radioactivity": coined by Madame Curie
- radioactivity set the stage for the atomic physics and quantum mechanics of the 20th century
- French physicist Antoine-Henri Becquerel (1852 - 1908)
- his student was Marie Curie
- she and her husband discovered two previously unrecognized sources of "radioactivity" in pitchblende: one they named polonium, after native home, Poland; they other they named, radium
- Rutherford's thesis professor, J. J. Thomson; intrigued
- Rutherford called "negative rays," beta rays which turned out to be electrons discovered by J.J.
- it took half a century, but Rutherford discovered the nature of "alpha rays"
- 1898: using thorium, discovered the principle of "half-life"
- Enough for now.