One of the great achievements of Post-Normal Science after the Second World War was the establishment of Radiocarbon Dating as academically acceptable Settled Science. Straight off we had to face the question: ‘How can you expect a museum keeper to give precious, invaluable materials for you to destroy?This accomplishment was strategically initiated by Willard Libby when he asked for mainstream assistance with the validation of his pioneering Radiocarbon Dating technique. ’ We worried about this a great deal and finally decided there was nothing for it but to enlist the aid of recognized experts to advise us and acquire the materials for us. Libby Department of Chemistry and Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics, University of California, Los Angeles He hosted the popular television show, “What in the World?”, which was aimed at stumping experts as the analyzed archaeological artifacts.Joined together in this cause they are – THE FOUR JUST MEN.” At this stage Willard Libby knew he faced a formidable force.
So we appealed to the American Archaeological Association and the Geological Society of America to give us a committee of experts which they did. id=ACC0338&num Pages=17 Frederick Johnson [1904-1994] Attended Tufts College, University of Pennsylvania, Harvard University (1923–36) Bachelor of Science in Sociology, Tufts College (1929) Conducted ethnological fieldwork in eastern Canada (1925–31) Conducted ethnological and archaeological fieldwork in Mesoamerica as a graduate student at Harvard University (1931–36) Curator of Robert S.
This is an interesting point, as it shows that in the heartwood of the Sequoia gigantea at least the sap is not in chemical equilibrium with the cellulose and other large molecules of the tree.
In other words, the carbon in the central wood was deposited there about 3,000 years ago, although the tree itself was cut just a few years ago.
Richard Foster Flint [1901-1976] Flint graduated from the University of Chicago and earned his Ph. in geology at the University of California graduating in 1925.
He then joined Yale as a member of the faculty, becoming a full professor in 1945.