Discovery

Serendipity

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.

Kekule’s Dream

  • 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.

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Dr. Soe Win and Daw May Saw Lwin

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