Delving Into the History of Nuclear Energy

Interesting Engineering | May 23, 2020 at 7:03 PM
  • Nuclear energy has had an interesting history, mostly due to the fact that its core technology is inherently dangerous.
  • Roentgen noticed that photographic plates sitting nearby lit up when the device was on, even when it was covered in black paper, drawing him to conclude that the cathode tube was emitting an invisible ray, something that hadn’t been observed before.
  • This partial meltdown of a reactor in Pennsylvania began the shift in public opinion on the safety of nuclear reactors.