The course of human evolution has been punctuated by a long succession of chance discoveries and accidental inventions and in fact, experts estimate that between 30 and 50 percent of of all scientific discoveries are in some way accidental. Scientific discoveries have shaped the development of society and civilisation throughout history, yet many of those with the greatest impact were accidental nasa recently announced the discovery of five new exo-planets, planets that lie outside our solar system.
Sometimes all you really need to make the next leap in science is a snack percy spencer was an american engineer who, while working for raytheon, walked in front of a magnetron, a vacuum tube used to generate microwaves, and noticed that the chocolate bar in his pocket melted. From the chance discovery of quinine as a malaria treatment in the 17th century to alexander fleming's accidental encounter with penicillium mold in 1928, some of medicine's most important advances have occurred through serendipity.
The role of chance, or luck, in science comprises all ways in which unexpected discoveries are made many domains, especially psychology, are concerned with the way science interacts with chance — particularly serendipity (accidents that, through sagacity, are transformed into opportunity. The discovery that later allowed researchers to find insulin was an accident in 1889, two doctors at the university of strasbourg, oscar minkowski and josef von mering, were trying to understand how the pancreas affected digestion , so they removed the pancreas from a healthy dog.
Accidental discoveries 2 abstract explain the role so called “accidental” discoveries played in the history of science accidental discoveries 4 when a discovery is made let’s talk about some of the accidental discoveries and their role in the history of science (gs102) life science study.
Role so called accidental discoveries played in the history of science accidental discoveries in medicine over the years, there have been many new advances in technology, food, and medicine while things like the computer, the internet, and television were found to an extent on purpose there have been a number of accidental discoveries in these areas as well.