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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