Since then, the technique has been widely used and continually improved.This paper will focus on how the radiocarbon dating method works, how it is used by scientists, and how creationists have interpreted the results.The logic for the theory is as follows: 1) The Bible reveals the age of the earth to be somewhere around 6,000 years.2) Since the earth is only 6,000 years old, the entire group of life forms represented in the fossil record (save the most recent fossils) existed at the same time and were all buried together in the world-wide biblical flood.
Nuclear decay has a constant rate of decay, but as it turns out, the formation of C has been reliably calibrated to tens of thousands of years.
The use of carbon-14, also known as radiocarbon, to date organic materials has been an important method in both archaeology and geology.
The technique was pioneered over fifty years ago by the physical chemist Willard Libby, who won the 1960 Nobel Prize for his work on C.
All of the individuals who participated in the research began with the same view on the age of the earth: it is very young.
This view is spelled out in the summary book of the RATE project by De Young: "Each member of the RATE team holds to a high view of scripture.
3) Because all life existed at the same time, more organic carbon was present before the flood than after.