BookBrowse Reviews Happy Accidents by Morton Meyers M.D.

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Happy Accidents

Serendipity in Modern Medical Breakthroughs

by Morton Meyers M.D.

Happy Accidents
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    Mar 2007, 408 pages
    Dec 2008, 408 pages

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A cogent, highly engaging argument for a more creative, rather than purely linear, approach to science

Happy Accidents shows that many of the great medical discoveries of the 20th century were made serendipitously. A few of the many examples Meyers explores will be familiar, but most will be a surprise to the majority of readers.

Apparently, the reason that so many of these "happy accidents" are unknown to us is because scientists often cover up the serendipitous nature of their discoveries because, within the scientific community, there is a something of a stigma attached to chance discovery, because it can be misconstrued as being pure luck. Thus many published papers omit the blind alleys, wrong ideas and creative leaps that went into the eventual discovery, and instead present the findings as a smooth, logical process devoid of stumbling ...

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