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

The Accidental Scientist The Role of Chance and Luck in Scientific Discovery The fascinating stories behind the origins of everything from Braille to breast enhancement superglue to stainless steel and the post it note to Pavlov s dogHave you ever wondered how the ideas for

  • Title: The Accidental Scientist: The Role of Chance and Luck in Scientific Discovery
  • Author: Graeme Donald
  • ISBN: 9781782430155
  • Page: 411
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The fascinating stories behind the origins of everything from Braille to breast enhancement, superglue to stainless steel, and the post it note to Pavlov s dogHave 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 This book explores the role of chance and error in scientific, medicalThe fascinating stories behind the origins of everything from Braille to breast enhancement, superglue to stainless steel, and the post it note to Pavlov s dogHave 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 This book 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, this book 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 this book demonstrates, sometimes a special ingredient is needed luck.

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    1. This was a Christmas gift from my momma, and I'm glad she found it. My background in science probably contributed to the experience, however, one does not need such a background to understand and enjoy The Accidental Scientist. Every new chapter is a new scientific discovery broken down by the unintentional and sometimes humorous events leading up to it!Thumbs up for: Conciseness, writing style, and balancing humor. Donald crafts a 'matter-of-fact' presentation of events in an easy-to-grasp form [...]

    2. This is a rather short, but interesting, book that takes a look at the history behind various scientific discoveries and inventions. All of the topics were chosen because chance or luck were involved in their discovery/invention. Each chapter is a separate unit that covers a particular topic, such as botox, explosive cellulose, synthetic dyes, penicillin, post-it notes, lobotomies, the cellphone, LSD etc. This book isn't in-depth science or history but is entertaining and informative without bei [...]

    3. Review is now live on my blog!Overall I thought that this was a great non-fiction book. It kept me interested the whole way through and didn't get boring like some non-fiction books can due to the lack of plot. It required zero scientific knowledge going in which is also another problem I've had with quite a few scientific non-fiction books!It would be perfect for someone who enjoys QI, and I would definitely recommend it for anyone who’s wanting to dive in to an easy-to-read non-fiction scien [...]

    4. I have just finished translating this book from English to Turkish. And I can say that it was an amazing read. I've never read this much fun science/fact book before and I've learned a lot! It was so much fun reading this. I'm surprised why this few people have read it actually.

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