Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Brilliant Screw Ups

The Mental Floss blog details 8 screw-ups that led to important scientific discoveries.  It turns out that researchers at DuPont were playing around when the boss was out when they discovered the nylon rope trick.

And, for those who just can't clean up after themselves and need justification for their managers, the discoveries of penicillin and photography were accomplished by messy scientists.


  1. My first patent was a result of a UV sensor that was out of calibration - seriously out of calibration at that. Would such a thing happen in today's ISO world?

  2. In this case, does ISO stand for Innovation-stifling organization?