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Oops… Eureka! Eight accidental discoveries in physics

A touch of luck sometimes nudges the scientific process in interesting directions.

Scientific progress is usually made through meticulous calculations, experiments, tests, and analysis. Occasionally, however, a happy accident comes in handy.

Here’s a look at eight times the scientific method got a little help from sweet, sweet serendipity.





CMB discovery





Sometimes it only takes one moment – a chance encounter, or a stroke of luck – to spark a lifelong passion for science.

/Nov 15, 2016

LIGO’s historic detection of gravitational waves produced a flood of questions from curious youngsters. Good thing the Inside the Perimeter team is on the case.

/Oct 17, 2016

Rajiv asks: It’s weird, that floaty feeling you get at the top of a roller coaster. You feel it in other places too – going over bumps in the road, or being in an elevator that suddenly starts heading down. Sometimes it seems like one little bump is enough to turn off something as big as gravity.

/Sep 17, 2016