Serendipity Accidental Discoveries in Science

ISBN-10: 0471602035
ISBN-13: 9780471602033
Edition: 1989
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Description: Many of the things discovered by accident are important in our everyday lives: Teflon, Velcro, nylon, x-rays, penicillin, safety glass, sugar substitutes, and polyethylene and other plastics. And we owe a debt to accident for some of our deepest  More...

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Book details

List price: $20.00
Copyright year: 1989
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/12/1989
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836

Many of the things discovered by accident are important in our everyday lives: Teflon, Velcro, nylon, x-rays, penicillin, safety glass, sugar substitutes, and polyethylene and other plastics. And we owe a debt to accident for some of our deepest scientific knowledge, including Newton's theory of gravitation, the Big Bang theory of Creation, and the discovery of DNA. Even the Rosetta Stone, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and the ruins of Pompeii came to light through chance. This book tells the fascinating stories of these and other discoveries and reveals how the inquisitive human mind turns accident into discovery. Written for the layman, yet scientifically accurate, this illuminating collection of anecdotes portrays invention and discovery as quintessentially human acts, due in part to curiosity, perserverance, and luck.

Ruth Roberts is a BACP accredited counsellor and Deputy Director of the Counselling Service at the University of East Anglia. Ruth has a background in Higher Education administration and after completing her MA in counselling at UEA, began working there as Educational Counsellor in 2006. Ruth s main interest is in working with and researching the emotional aspects of learning and addressing disaffection amongst university students.

Partial table of contents
Archimedes--The First Streaker
A Sick Indian Discovers Quinine
The Electric Battery and Electromagnetism--From a Frog's Leg and Compass
Discoveries of the Elements
Daguerre and the Invention of Photography
Nobel--the Man, the Discoveries, and the Prizes
Friedel and Crafts--A Laboratory Accident Spawns New Industrial Chemistry
Some Astronomical Serendipities
Accidental Medical Discoveries
Substitute Sugar: How Sweet It Is--And Non-Fattening
Nylon: Cold-Drawing Does the Trick
Velcro and Other Gifts from Serendipity for Modern Living
Conceptions, Misconceptions, and Accidents in Organic Synthesis
Epilogue: How Accidents Become Discoveries
Appendix
Index

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