Serendipity means an unplanned, fortunate discovery the notion of serendipity is a common occurrence throughout the history of scientific innovation examples are alexander fleming's accidental discovery of penicillin in 1928, the invention of the microwave oven by percy spencer in 1945, and the invention of the post-it note by spencer silver in 1968. The notion of serendipity has long been a central idea in the theory and practice of science policy, but there has been little research on its relative importance, and there is little evidence on its frequency, magnitude and factors. Planned serendipity explained those qualities are all part of the skills of what muller and becker term planned serendipity muller and becker believe that planned serendipity is the only way to succeed in our fast-changing world, where so many things are out of our control. 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.
In general, serendipity is the act of finding something valuable or delightful when you are not looking for it in information technology, serendipity often plays a part in the recognition of a new product need or in solving a design problem. Christian mellwig in front of the marie baum schule image courtesy of christian mellwig “my father was a teacher,” explains christian, who for the past six years has taught chemistry, mathematics and bioinformatics to 14- to 23-year-olds at the marie baum schule w1 in heidelberg, germany, a vocational college with an integrated biotechnology high school. Serendipity in science at northwestern, an interdisciplinary culture embraces the unexpected “some of the most important discoveries are made because you set out to do one thing but, in the lab, you discover something completely unanticipated,” says chad mirkin, director of the international institute for nanotechnology.
The science of serendipity in the workplace serendipity is the occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beautiful way today companies believe serendipity is one of the keys to being a successful business and a happy workplace. ‘serendipity’ is a category used to describe discoveries in science that occur at the intersection of chance and wisdom in this paper, i argue for understanding serendipity in science as an emergent property of scientiﬁc discovery, describing an oblique relationship between the outcome of a. The world of science is replete with examples of serendipity here are some of my favorite examples • friedrich kekulé discovered the circular structure of benzene after dreaming of a snake. If serendipity has a place in astronomy and astronomy is a science and science is adequately described by the picture of popperian epistemology given to us above and we are to take all of our best theories seriously - then serendipity should appear here. The travels and adventures of serendipity: a study in sociological semantics and the sociology of science,” international social science review, fall-winter merton, r k and e barber, 2004 the travels and adventures of serendipity.
Serendipity – accidental discoveries in science abstract serendipity means the faculty of making fortunate and unexpected discoveries by accidents penicillin, x-ray, viagra, teflon are common examples known as accidental discoveries in science the stories of these discoveries are interesting and meaningful x-ray for medical diagnosis and treatment, miracle drug penicillin, . Of serendipity in science polyethylene by hans von pechmann, who prepared it by accident in 1898 while heating diazomethane teflon, by roy j plunkett, who was trying to develop a new gas for refrigeration and got a slick substance instead that was used first for lubrication of machine parts. Serendipity in science the abzyme research foundation announces unrestricted gift to dr sudhir paul’s laboratory at the university of texas health science center at houston to advance critically needed research on hiv resistance to vaccination. Call it luck, call it sciencewe call it serendipity here are just a handful of the serendipitous experiences, straight from our researchers’ mouths, that have helped to push cancer discovery forward at cu. Serendipity plays an outsize role in life science innovation yet, despite the seeming randomness, the process can be managed, say wharton experts unlocking serendipity is the key to life science.
Serendipity, knowledge discovery, serendipity and sagacity, serendipity in science (preliminary draft) a new account of serendipity serendipity is a fairly common occurrence in science and there is not a robust account for it. Major funding for nova is provided by the david h koch fund for science, the corporation for public broadcasting, and pbs viewers this website was produced for pbs online by wgbh pbs is a 501(c. Serendipity science smallpox vaccination in the 18th century (1796), a british scientist and surgeon by the name of edward jenner had led to the idea and usage of the first vaccine. Serendipity in science, written in vincent schaefer's easy-going, readable style, and filled with personal and historical photos, is complemented by a chapter of stories and memories composed by friends, family and former professional colleagues his important memoir begins with the words, “i have led an interesting life.
Firms are thinking up new ways to encourage interactions among employees, going so far as to squeeze workers into smaller spaces and install trivia games on elevators. Vannevar bush invoked serendipity to argue against targeting research to specific goals in his blueprint for post-war science policy 15 similarly, some influential scientists and philosophers of science have argued that science cannot be planned and should be left to self-organise (polanyi, 1962, ziman, 1994. Hey, i'm derek muller, this is mental_floss, and today, i'm going to tell you about all sorts of important scientific discoveries and inventions that happened by accident sometimes it was a case. Serendipity in science: winter 2017 chris lieu, stephen leong and traci lyons discuss their journeys that led them to their careers chris lieu, md – director of the cu cancer colorectal oncology program when i was an intern at the va, stephen leong was a fellow at the same hospital and because we looked alike, we were always being mistaken.