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The Accidental Scientist: The Role of Chance and Luck in Scientific Discovery

Popular Science

By: Graeme Donald (Author)

Michael O'Mara Books

Hardback | Oct 2013 | #208445 | ISBN-13: 9781782430155
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About this book

Have you ever wondered how the ideas for some things come about? Surprisingly often it is as much down to chance as a single person's brilliance. The Accidental Scientist explores the role of chance and error in scientific, medical and commercial innovation, outlining exactly how some of the most well-known products, gadgets and useful gizmos came to be. From the jacuzzi to jeans and TNT to Tipp-Ex, The Accidental Scientist explores many of the discoveries that we are all so familiar with today, yet have the most interesting origins because of the story behind them. Not all discoveries require brilliance, and as The Accidental Scientist demonstrates, sometimes a special ingredient is needed: luck.

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Graeme Donald is the author of a number of books about the meaning of words and popular misconceptions, including When the Earth was Flat. He has written for many newspapers and had a column about word origins in the Today newspaper for over ten years.

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