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Serendipity: Accidental Discoveries in Science (Wiley Science Editions)

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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 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.

Table of Contents

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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780471602033
Author:
Roberts, Royston M.
Author:
Roberts
Author:
Roberts, Royston M.
Publisher:
Wiley
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General science
Subject:
Science
Subject:
History
Subject:
Serendipity in science.
Subject:
History of Science-General
Subject:
General & Introductory Physics
Subject:
general physics
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Bibliography: p. 248-262.
Series:
Wiley Science Editions
Series Volume:
15
Publication Date:
19890712
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.97x6.04x.75 in. .86 lbs.

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