Some inventions are attributed to Serendipity.
Three notable examples are
- Discovery of X-rays
X stands for “Unknown”.
German scientist Wilhelm Rontgen discovered X-radiation (unknown type of radiation) on November 8, 1895. Other names include X-ray, Xray and Röntgen radiation.
- Discovery of Penicillin
Scottish scientist Alexander Fleming discovered Penicillin in 1928.
- 3M’s Post-it notes
Dr. Spencer Silver, a scientist at 3M, accidentally discovered a weak glue in 1968.
Arthur Fry obtained permission from 3M to develop “sticky notes” in 1974.
- Friedrich August Kekulé, a German chemist, was searching for the structure of Benzene, which has six Carbon atoms and six Hydrogen atoms.
- In 1865, he had a day-dream where a snake’s head tried to bite its tail.
- Was an “Aha” moment for him.
Figured out the ring shape of the Benzene molecule.
- Some use this example as the power of the subconscious mind in solving problems.
Saya Dr. Soe Win wrote :
The structure of benzene is indeed a significant discovery in the history of science.