Fortune or Failure: Missed Opportunities and Chance Discoveries

  • Publish Date: 1989-11-13
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Author: Alexander Kohn
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From the author of the successful False Prophets this book brings together stories from a wide range of scientific disciplines to provide an account of some of the greatest breakthroughs in science. It offers an examination of the often neglected role of chance in discovery. The book illuminates some of the most famous discoveries from the history of science including penicillin, radioactivity and x-rays with new accounts from microbiology and molecular biology.