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Ruminations on the electronics industry from David Manners, Senior Components Editor on Electronics Weekly.

Fable: The Man Who Worried About Being Thought Mad

Back in 1895 a German headmaster was fiddling with a cathode ray tube which he had surrounded with a cardboard barrier.

To his surprise a nearby screen glowed.

He told his wife that his colleagues would think he was crazy if he told them about rays which could penetrate solids.

Nonetheless he published and, six years later, received the first Nobel Prize for Physics for the discovery.

Moral: Don’t worry if people think you’re mad

Tags: discovery, headmaster, nobel prize for physics, solids, surprise

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1 Comment

  1. Anonymous
    October 08, 2012 15:28

    Actually Röngten called them “X-Strahlen” (x-rays); they got the different “Röntgenstrahlen” in German some time later.

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