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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.

nucleus

Slinky

 

microwave

CMB discovery

 

 

 

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