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Serendipity : Accidental Discoveries in Science

By: Roberts, Royston M.

Part of the Wiley Science Editions series
0471602035 / 9780471602033
Paperback / softback
509
23/08/1989
Stock expected by 24/04/2021
United States
152 x 229 mm, 416 grams 288 pages
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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 Newtona 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.

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