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Accidental Discoveries in Science

Scientific discoveries don’t always result from methodically conducted experiments. In fact, several have resulted purely by accident. This process is sometimes called serendipity. True story – one of my professors described serendipity as “reaching into a bucket of manure and finding a gold nugget.”

Some accidental discoveries came from experiments that gave botched or unexpected results.  In each case, it took the insight of a clever scientist to recognize the potential in these results. This video describes several accidental discoveries that were very important to our society.

Send us a link to other important science “accidents” to share with our readers.  

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