Reason is essential to directly solving problems. Yet an active rational mind is also required to recognize the value of serendipitous discoveries.
Hence, it was with great interest that I read this Wired article on the “Top 10 Accidental Discoveries“.
The list consists of the following items, and the article describes in more detail how each came to be discovered:
5. Artificial sweeteners
6. Microwave ovens
8. Vulcanized rubber
9. Silly Putty
10. Potato chips