Ben Zimmer <bgzim...@midway.uchicago.edu> wrote in message <news:413169DE.9CAAF20@midway.uchicago.edu>...[...]
> Poking around, I see that 1946 also saw the introduction of the firstInteresting, though. I was in the lecture-hall when James Lovelock
> microwave oven, Raytheon's "Radarange" (so called because it developed
> out of radar research -- when Percy Spencer discovered that a magnetron
> had melted the chocolate bar in his pocket). A 1946 Chicago Tribune ad
> for the magazine Science Illustrated has a picture with this caption:
> COOKING WITH RADAR
> Wishful thinking... domestic microwave ovens were only available in
(_Gaia Hypothesis_) said he reckoned he'd invented microwave cookery
in a lab somewhere. As I unreliably remember it, I think they were
using diathermy to thaw frozen experimental animals, and he started
using the apparatus to warm up his lunch. I don't know the date he
said this happened, or remember whether he claimed to have suggested
the use of microwaves for defrosting the hamsters, rats, or whatever
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