5 minute lesson
Science isn’t always about carefully calculated discovery. Sometimes, our best breakthroughs come from the accidents we make.
As it turns out, scientific mishaps are responsible for some of our most incredible finds! Penicillin, one of the most important medicines to ever be discovered, has saved millions of lives and was one of these accidental discoveries. But there are many more instances of brilliant scientific accidents out there to be celebrated! So, let’s learn about a few.
Accidents happen all the time! And sometimes, they’re what lead us to our greatest successes and push us to do even more amazing things. A lot of the most important scientific breakthroughs have come about by accident, as well as a number of the marvelous inventions we use every day!
So keep your head up and keep trying. You’ll never know if that “mistake” will lead to something incredible!
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“5 Brilliant Scientific Accidents.” YouTube. Skunk Bear, 01 Mar. 2016. Web. 02 Jan. 2017. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6pFZtJm8uI8&t=1s>.