Serendipity in Science: Understanding How Accidents Can Lead to Scientific Discoveries

Biomedical Sciences

By: Sadie Steffens, 3rd year PhD candidate in the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program

science_labWhen the word “science” comes to mind, I think about carefully planned experiments designed to test a hypothesis.  These experiments are expected to produce a certain result to verify a scientific claim—but often, these carefully planned experiments yield unexpected, or even unwanted, results.

Indeed, history reminds us that many of the most innovative and monumental discoveries have been made by accident.