Happy Accidents

Happy Accidents

Serendipity in Modern Medical Breakthroughs

Book - 2007
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This is Morton Meyers' fascinating, entertaining, and highlyaccessible look at the surprising role serendipity played in some of themost important medical discoveries in the 20th century. Though within thescientific community a certain stigma is attached to chance discoverybecause it is wrongly seen as pure luck, happy accidents happen every dayand Meyers shows how it takes intelligence, insight, and creativity torecognize a "Eureka! I found what I wasn't look for!" moment and know whatto do next. Penicillin, chemotherapy drugs, X-rays, Valium, the Pap smear,and Viagra were all discovered accidentally, stumbled upon in search ofsomething else. In discussing these medical breakthroughs and others, Dr.Meyers makes a cogent, highly engaging argument for a more creative, ratherthan purely linear, approach to science.
Publisher: New York : Arcade Pub., c2007.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781559708197
Branch Call Number: W 20.5 M613 2007
610.9 MEYERS
Characteristics: xiv, 390 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.

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