The University of Tokyo & The University of Würzburg Special Collaborative Exhibition “125 Years of New Insights – Röntgen and the Discovery of the X-ray”

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This special exhibition is the sixth in the Intermediatheque Natural History Series organized by the University Museum, the University of Tokyo (UMUT). The discovery of X-rays meant that humankind could view a hitherto unseen world. What inventor Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen (1845–1923) found rapidly expanded the boundaries of scientific knowledge. Röntgen verified the existence of X-rays by making photographic plates of people’s hands and through public tests. The readily understandable nature of his experiments also worked to his advantage and meant people quickly saw the potential applications for various academic fields, leading to the use of X-rays in a wide range of areas.

This exhibition marks the first occasion that the academic and personal legacy of the physicist Röntgen kept at Julius-Maximilians-University Würzburg is introduced to Japanese audiences. Today, when the infrastructures for engaging in basic research are at risk, it is timely to reassess a scientific discovery that brought about such a seismic shift for both academic research and people’s ordinary lives.

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from June 24, 2020 to November 23, 2020

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