The various methods of geochronology have, as a rule, evolved along a characteristic path whereby the earliest work lays out the physical and mathematical foundation and demonstrates its practicality for a few cases using optimal samples. Later work confronts the problems and failures of early assumptions on more general problems, and as the method matures and becomes more generally applied, a standard toolkit of more-or-less rigorous protocols for data interpretation and error estimation is developed. The 230Th/U dating method has evolved along broadly similar lines, but with a discontinuity arising from the revolutionary application by Chen et al. (1986)...
Research Article|January 01, 2003
Mathematical–Statistical Treatment of Data and Errors for 230Th/U Geochronology
Reviews in Mineralogy and Geochemistry (2003) 52 (1): 631-656.
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K. R. Ludwig; Mathematical–Statistical Treatment of Data and Errors for 230Th/U Geochronology. Reviews in Mineralogy and Geochemistry ; 52 (1): 631–656. doi: https://doi.org/10.2113/0520631
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