Surprising Stories of Accidental Inventions

Necessity isn’t always the mother of invention. Sometimes it’s serendipity. Dive into these nine great reads about everyday innovations that were invented by accident, from life-changing penicillin to the whimsical wonder that is Play-Doh. Turns out even the color mauve came to us by chance.

The Science of Serendipity

James Geary • Salon

Serendipity is credited with some of our most important discoveries, from penicillin to super glue. But what is it?

The Real Story Behind Penicillin

Dr. Howard Markel • PBS

The discovery of penicillin, one of the world’s first antibiotics, marks a true turning point in human history. Many school children can recite the basics. But there is much more to this historic sequence of events.

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