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The life of a photon 

The life of a photon
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The life of a photon
Author(s):

A Sibtain

, A Morgan

, and N MacDougall

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199573356.003.0028
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date: 14 October 2019

X-rays were discovered by Wilhem Conrad Roentgen in the late afternoon of 8th November 1895. Within two weeks he had taken an X-ray image of his wife's hand, and by the end of the year he published the paper, ‘On A New Kind Of Rays’ (Über eine neue Art von Strahlen). The discovery earned him the Nobel Prize in 1901, around the time of the discovery of radium. He called them X-rays because he didn't know what they were; in algebra, X denotes an unknown, so he called them X-rays… and it stuck....

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