Why X-rays and Gamma-rays are different in nature, though both are of eletromagnetic origin?
Asked by: Buddhadev
Gamma rays refer to electromagnetic radiation from nuclear interactions while X-rays
come from atomic interactions. But they are both high energy electromagnetic radiation
and, if you didn't already know the source, you couldn't tell for sure if a particular
photon was a gamma-ray or an X-ray. Gammas tend to be higher in energy since nuclear
binding potentials are larger than atomic potentials but there is overlap in the two
Answered by: Tom Swanson, Ph.D. Physics, Oregon State University
'There is no inductive method which could lead to the fundamental concepts of physics. Failure to understand this fact constituted the basic philosophical error of so many investigators of the nineteenth century.'