Today in History: X Rays Are Discovered
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.
- Vienna Scientific Field: Light Without Heat Expeted as a Result of Roentgen’s X-Rays. (1897, Jun 27). New York Times (1857-1922)
- Correspondence of the Courier Journal. (1899, Apr 02). The Roentgen X-rays It Is Confidently Claimed Will Cure All Ills. Courier-Journal (1869-1922)
- Ray, U. (1929, Nov 05). Uncle Ray’s Corner: Discovery of the X-Ray. The Washington Post (1923-1954)
- Blitzstein, M. (1933, Feb 05). The Modest Discoverer of the X-Ray. The Sun (1837-1991)
- Bethea, D. (1945, Feb 17). X-Ray Has Varied Uses. Afro-American (1893-1988)
- Leokum, A. (1966, Nov 01). Tell Me Why!: How Does X-Ray Work? The Austin Statesman (1921-1973)
- Van Dellen, ,T.R. (1970, Nov 08). How to Keep Well: That X in Roentgen’s X-Ray Means Unknown Quantity. Chicago Tribune (1963-Current File)
- Knox, R. A. (1983, Apr 10). A Diagnostic Dream Machine. Boston Globe (1960-1985)
- Health Notes: X-rays Have Come a Long, Long Way. (1987, Jun 10). New Journal and Guide (1916-2003)
- Cowen, R. (1995, Nov 08). X Marks the Ray That Can Peer Inside the Body. The Washington Post (1974-Current File)
- X-Ray Vision. (1995, Dec 03). The Times of India (1861-Current)
- Barbour, J. (1996, Jan 16). A Century of X-Rays. Philadelphia Tribune (1912-2001)
More to Consider:
Davidson, A. (2016, Apr 08). Trump’s Nuclear Uncle. The 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 Resistance. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 24(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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