Lecture 17: X-ray Spectra, Bragg's Law
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"Opera, that's a good one. That's good. It was opera, yes. What opera? No, it wasn't Wagner, but that's a good guess. It's certainly a reasonable style, way over the top. That was Maria Callas singing La Mamma Morta from Andrea Chenier, which was written in 1895, and premiered in the spring of 1896 exactly at the time when the world was going nuts over this mysterious form of radiation that can see inside the human body.
So, I thought that was a good match. The thing's best in class. That's Maria Callas. This is opera for those of you who don't like opera. This, by the way, some of you may recognize if you saw the movie Philadelphia.
This is the piece that's playing when the Tom Hanks character visits the loft, or excuse me, the Denzel Washington character visits the loft of the Tom Hanks character. And this is playing. It's a fantastic piece, way over the top..."
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