Do they mean the first time the idea came into someone’s mind?
Do they mean the first time the basic concepts were demonstrated in the laboratory?
This imprecision of the dating of the origin of this most important method seems bizarre and a bit ironic.
I decide to settle the matter in my own mind, mainly to satisfy my own curiosity, but also as an examination of the origin of ideas, in which I happen to be very interested.
Libby won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1960 for his part in the development of radiocarbon dating. The impact of this dating method on archaeology was tremendous.