171 years ago today Wilhelm Roentgen was born. He was a professor of physics who accidentally made a discovery that changed the world and contributed to the advancement of many fields, most importantly medicine.
While experimenting with how cathode rays could pass through glass, he discovered something unusual. His curiosity was piqued and through a series of experiments, he learned that electromagnetic waves were similar to light rays, except much shorter. He called them X-rays the X standing for unknown. He even experimented on his wife and learned that the X-rays could penetrate human flesh but not bone, metal, or lead.
We can thank the natural curiosity of Wilhelm Roentgen for the discovery of X-ray technology.
In this TEDx Talk Misha Raffiee gives some great advice on how to engage and embrace your natural curiosity.