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Science Diction: How 'X-Ray' Got Its 'X'

Fri, 06/18/2010 - 4:37pm

Dr. Howard Markel, a medical historian at the University of Michigan, discusses how the German physicist William Roentgen stumbled across the phenomenon of X-rays while playing with a cathode tube in his lab, and why Roentgen gave the electromagnetic beams the name "X-rays."

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