Today in History: X Rays Are Discovered

| November 8, 2016

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A human body is three dimensional, but an x-ray is two — allowing us to see inside the human body, including the brain. Today is Election Day — a day when we exercise our brains and civic duty — but it is also the anniversary of a major scientific discovery by an eminent German mechanical engineer and physicist, who gets our vote to be featured in today’s historical news!

Did you know that German scientist Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen discovered x-rays on November 8, 1865? In testing to see whether cathode rays could pass through glass, Roentgen observed a glow emanating from a nearby chemically coated screen and went on to test how electromagnetic waves could allow doctors to view the inside of humans. In 1901, he earned a Nobel prize in physics, and his work lay the foundation for significant medical advances in the use of x-rays.

The following articles are selected from Proquest Historical Newspapers, which informs and inspires classroom teaching and learning.

More to Consider:

Davidson, A. (2016, Apr 08). Trump’s Nuclear UncleThe New Yorker. On the MIT physicist John Trump, the younger brother of Donald Trump’s father, Fred.

Ruglis, J. (2011). Mapping the Biopolitics of School Dropout and Youth ResistanceInternational Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education24(5), 627-637. On a cognitive mapping method called “X Ray maps” which describes an important qualitative youth participatory action research study in New York City.

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