The acceptance of radiometric dating has had a major influence on people's willingness to accept the theory of evolution.
Most people feel that radiometric dating, having a reputation for scientific respectability, proves that the earth is many millions of years old, thus providing the time framework required for the theory of evolution to have plausibility...
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Measure isotopes for radiometric dating dating indian women in qatar
As explained by physicist Walt Pasedag, radiometric dating uses the principle of radioactive decay, a physical process which can be measured with great precision.
Radioactive decay is described by a simple mathematical relationship, which states that the amount of a specific isotope that remains in a sample declines exponentially with time, according to a fixed rate constant, the "decay constant" which is unique for the isotope.
Decay constants have been measured for all known isotopes ever since Madam Curie discovered radium in 1898.
When the isotope decays, it turns into a different isotope, the so-called 'daughter' product.
By measuring the quantities of parent and daughter isotopes, the time that has elapsed to generate the measured amount of the daughter product can be calculated.
As far as the technical aspects go, the process lives up to its reputation of great accuracy.
Problems arise, though in INTERPRETING this measurement.
The decay time calculated from the measurements, no matter how precise, cannot be interpreted as the age of the rock the sample was taken from without making a number of assumptions, and that's where the problems arise.
The basic assumptions that need to be made are: -- that the initial quantity of the daughter product is known (e.g.