Monday, November 8, 2010

This Week in History: 11/8/2010

German scientist discovers X-rays

On November 8, 1895, German physicist Wilhelm Conrad Rontgen discovered X-rays while he was experimenting if cathode rays could pass through glass. He named the newly discovered scientific marvel X-rays because of its association with the unknown in mathematics. His accidental discovery at his lab in Wurzburg, Germany soon became a clinical miracle. X-ray machines were soon in use in clinics, battlefields, and even American shoe stores. It wasn’t until the early 20th century that scientists began to understand the health risks caused by X-rays.

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