Design Con 2015

Accidental engineering: 10 mistakes turned into innovation

-April 19, 2013

Mark Twain is quoted as saying, “Name the greatest of all inventors: Accident.”

Here we take a look at 10 major discoveries, inventions, and inspirational moments that were, for the most part, come across by accident.

Call it fate, call it chance, call it dumb luck, some of the following changed the path of science and engineering in significant ways. Some saved lives and some ended lives – some may have even discovered life – while others won Nobel Prizes and motivated the creation of such prizes, too.

Read on and be sure to share other incidents of accidental engineering that you are aware of in the comments field.

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