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The symbol for the element einsteinium.
The symbol for einsteinium.
|e (ē) Pronunciation Key
An irrational number, with a numerical value of 2.718281828459.... It is mathematically defined as the limit of (1 + 1/n )n as n grows infinitely large. It is the base of natural logarithms and has many applications in mathematics, especially in expressions involving exponential growth and decay.
|einsteinium (īn-stī'nē-əm) Pronunciation Key
A synthetic, radioactive metallic element of the actinide series that is usually produced by bombarding plutonium or another element with neutrons. It was first isolated in a region near the explosion site of a hydrogen bomb. Its longest-lived isotope is Es 254 with a half-life of 276 days. Atomic number 99; melting point 860°C. See Periodic Table.
(Es), synthetic chemical element of the actinoid series of the periodic table, atomic number 99. Not occurring in nature, einsteinium (as the isotope einsteinium-253), produced by intense neutron irradiation of uranium-238, was identified in December 1952 by Albert Ghiorso and co-workers at Berkeley, Calif., in debris taken from the first thermonuclear or hydrogen-bomb explosion, in the South Pacific (November 1952).
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