hmwk 3 - Abram Balloga HW #3 q's 5,10,15 5. Giving two...

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Abram Balloga HW #3 q’s 5,10,15 5. Giving two specific examples, discuss why close attention to minor details can be important to the progress of science. First example- Wilhelm Roentgen’s finding of x-rays. Being very attentive to all results and happenings in his experiments with phosphorescent paper and photographic plates near a discharge tube. By chance he noticed that the photographic paper was activated even when covered in avoidance of the discharge tubes rays. This was curious and his tinkering into this matter by coincidence he exposed some of the paper to the discharge tube with only his hand to block its rays. Magnificently he discovered an application for these discharge tubes as the rays penetrated through his flesh, leaving only an imprint of his bone structure in the photograph. This ability would be very useful for physicians to view the bone structure of patients with a mere photograph. The x-ray was thus born, but may not have until much later had Roentgen not diligently studied an arbitrary observation while experimenting. Second example- Eratosthenes discovers a way to calculate the circumference of the Earth.
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This note was uploaded on 06/25/2009 for the course PHYS 1203 taught by Professor Padamsee, h during the Spring '08 term at Cornell University (Engineering School).

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