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Serendipity in Science. Objectives. Learn about the role of serendipity in Science Become familiar with the examples presented Understand that discoveries come not from man’s own talent but with the aid of Allah ( swt ). How do Scientist make breakthrough Discoveries?.

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Serendipity in science

Serendipity in Science


Objectives

Objectives

  • Learn about the role of serendipity in Science

  • Become familiar with the examples presented

  • Understand that discoveries come not from man’s own talent but with the aid of Allah (swt)


How do scientist make breakthrough discoveries

How do Scientist make breakthrough Discoveries?

By using the scientific method?

Get Lucky?

How?


Serendipity

Serendipity

  • In science, serendipity is the occurrence and development of beneficial events by mere chance

  • It is the act of finding something valuable when not looking for it

  • Is it serendipity that leads to scientific breakthroughs?


No one must be able to recognize that incident as a discovery

No…one must be able to recognize that incident as a discovery


Background knowledge

Background Knowledge

  • Mark Erdman

    • Marine Biologist

    • On Honeymoon discovered an ancestor fish that was related to a 400 million year old fish


An inquisitive mind

An inquisitive mind

  • Wilhelm Roentgen’s discovered X-rays

    • Trying to pass electrons through air and saw across the room a screen of light formed when doing the experiment

      • Inquired -> Discovery


Creative thinking

Creative Thinking

  • Percy Spencer

    • Working with a company using microwaves

    • Noticed that the area would heat up

    • He began to use it to make popcorn

  • Don’t have to be the first one to see it but the first one to see it in a unique way

    • Ex: Steve Jobs (Calligraphy)


Good timing

Good Timing

  • Darwin’s theory of evolution

  • Mendel’s Pea Cross experiments

  • John Nash’s Game Theory

  • Nobel Laureates are like athletes…they do their work when they are young but get recognized when they are old (hall of famers)


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