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Scorpio 25: An X ray

Scorpio 25: An X ray

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Scorpio 25: An X ray
A n x - r ay i s a hi g h -e n e r g y f o r m o f e l e c t r o m a g n e t i c r a d i a t i o n ha v i n g a w a v e l e n g t h i n t he r a n g e o f 0 . 0 1 t o 1 0 n a n o me t e r s a n d e n e r g y l e v e l s i n the range of 120eV to 120keV.1 In many languages, X-radiation is called Röntgen radiation, after Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen, who is generally credited as its discoverer, and who had named it X-radiation to signify an unknown type of radiation.2 T h e p se u
Scorpio 25: An X ray
A n x - r ay i s a hi g h -e n e r g y f o r m o f e l e c t r o m a g n e t i c r a d i a t i o n ha v i n g a w a v e l e n g t h i n t he r a n g e o f 0 . 0 1 t o 1 0 n a n o me t e r s a n d e n e r g y l e v e l s i n the range of 120eV to 120keV.1 In many languages, X-radiation is called Röntgen radiation, after Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen, who is generally credited as its discoverer, and who had named it X-radiation to signify an unknown type of radiation.2 T h e p se u

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Scorpio 25: An X ray
An
x-ray
is a high-energy form of electromagnetic radiation having awavelength in the range of 0.01 to 10 nanometers and energy levels inthe range of 120eV to 120keV.
1
 
In many languages, X-radiation iscalled Röntgen radiation, after WilhelmConrad Röntgen, who is generallycredited as its discoverer, and who hadnamed it X-radiation to signify anunknown type of radiation.
2
 
The pseudo-prefix
x-
wouldseem, then, to be related to Latinprefix
ex
 
which means “outside,out of, away from.”
3
That prefixdescends from the Indo-European(IE) root 
eghs-
which
means “out” and from which also descend the
words
exoteric, exotic, external, exterior,
 
extreme,
and
strange.
4
 The words
radiate 
(to send our rays or waves; To extend in straight lines from or toward a center) and
ray
(beam of light) are both relatedto
radius 
which descends from the Latin
radius 
(staff, spoke of a wheel,beam of light). The origin of this word is unknown but it has beensuggested that it related to
radix 
 
which means “root.”
5
 The word
radix 
descends from the IE root 
wrad-
 
which means “branch,root” and from which also descend
root, wort, radical, radical, radish,radix, eradicate, deracinate, ramify 
and
licorice.
 
THEMES: 
Two rather obvious themes or related ideas are present above. The first is that of an
ex-radical 
, someone who formerly
advocated “fundamental or
REVOLUTIONARY CHANGES
in current 
1 http://education.yahoo.com/reference/dictionary/entry/x-ray2 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/X-ray3 http://education.yahoo.com/reference/dictionary/entry/ex-4 Watkins, C. (2000), The American Heritage Dictionary of Indo European Roots, p. 225 http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=radius

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