Science Diction–The Origin Of The Word ‘Radio’

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Friday, June 24th, 2011

The Origin Of The Word ‘Radio’ — Scientists originally used the prefix ‘radio’ to refer to the electromagnetic radiation used in innovations like radio-telegraphy, a way of sending messages without wires, cables and poles. Science historian Howard Markel discusses the origin of the word radio, and the history of its invention:

Radio ushered in the modern age of instantaneous mass communication. But its euphonious name originates from a type of electromagnetic radiation discovered by the German physicist Heinrich Hertz….

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