Fairly good explanation of carbon dating over at RespectDrugs.com: Plants, Drugs, Chemicals, Books, Psychology, and Society.
We discuss the famed Turin Shroud in a chemistry context, including how radiocarbon dating has famously been used on the religious relic. More chemistry at http://www.periodicvideos.com Correction: It’s a proton and electron COMBINING to create C14… I made the poor Professor stand in the? Italian sun for so long waiting for the right light conditions? that I may have temporarily fried his brain. Correction is included as an annotaion. Our trip to Turin supported by www.cost.esf.org