Plate taken from Blondlots 'N Rays', 1905.

 
Plate taken from Blondlots 'N Rays', 1905.
4 0 c m
 
30cm
actual image size: 22cm x 32cm

Description

Photographic plate with (right) and without (left) 'N' rays. Shortly after the discovery of X-rays in 1900, the French scientist Rene Blondlot (1849-1930) reported that he had discovered a new type of invisible radiation, which he named the 'N' ray in honour of his home town of Nancy. Although several of Blondlot's contemporaries also claimed to have seen 'N' rays, later work showed that no such ray exists.

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