The role of chance or luck in science comprises all ways in which unexpected discoveries are made many domains especially psychology are concerned with the way science interacts with chance particularly serendipity accidents that through sagacity are transformed into opportunity. As plato said science is nothing but perception and these 10 accidental acts of discovery embody the sentiment of course it helps to be a leading scientist in the field devoting your life to the pursuit of one cure invention or innovation but a little luck goes a long way too. Below are discoveries in science that involve chance circumstances in a particularly salient way this page should not list all chance involved in all discoveries ie it should focus on discoveries reported for their notable circumstances. The story of their discovery is a fascinating one of incredible chance in 1895 german physicist wilhelm roentgen was performing a routine experiment involving cathode rays when he noticed that a piece of fluorescent cardboard was lighting up from across the room. My background in science probably contributed to the experience however one does not need such a background to understand and enjoy the accidental scientist every new chapter is a new scientific discovery broken down by the unintentional and sometimes humorous events leading up to it
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