Libby and a team of scientists at the University of Chicago, in the 1940’s. Libby received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their scientific achievements and his leadership.
The way the method works has to do with Carbon-14 (or Carbon-14), and the amount that is left after a certain amount of decay in a nonliving organism.
By dating the wood, you would know when the tree had stopped living (meaning when it was cut down).
This is useful because this is likely around the time when the structure was built, so scientists are able to tell about how long ago...
The truth is, carbon-14 dating (or radiocarbon dating, as its also called) is not a precise dating method in many cases, due to faulty assumptions and other limitations on this method.
Carbon has a weight of twelve atomic mass units (AMUs), and is the building block of all organic matter (plants and animals).
A small percentage of carbon atoms have an atomic weight of 14 AMUs. Carbon-14 is an unstable, radioactive isotope of carbon 12.
As scientists will often claim something to be millions or billions of years old (ages that do not conform to the Biblical account of the age of the earth), Christians are often left wondering about the accuracy of the carbon-14 method.This means that it takes 5,730 years for one half of the Carbon-14 left in the now dead organism to decay.