X-rays

1895

X-rays

The book of science

Tom Sharp

Wilhelm Röntgen electromagnetism

X-rays

X-ray vision

Assertions about radiotherapy

The fact that X-rays were a form of electromagnetic radiation of a wavelength comparable to the distance between atoms in a crystal was not shown until 1912.

Röntgen did not try to patent the use of X-rays for medical imaging but said that he preferred that it benefit mankind as a whole. He gave the money for the first Nobel prize in physics to University of Wurzburg. Röntgen did not want X-rays named after himself, as they are today in many languages.

I am not a good one to talk to about trying to kill cancer with radiation. Maybe the good of the whole compensates for individual tragedies.

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