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Serendipity

Accidental Discoveries in Science

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Serendipity by Royston M. Roberts
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Many of the things discovered by accident are important in our everyday lives: Teflon, Hook and loop, 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.

Release date NZ
July 12th, 1989
Country of Publication
United States
Illustrations
illustrations; portraits
Imprint
John Wiley & Sons Inc
Pages
288
Dimensions
152x228x18
ISBN-13
9780471602033
Product ID
1831411

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