TITLE: The Accidental Scientist: The Role of Chance and Luck in Scientific Discovery
AUTHOR: Graeme Donald
DATE PUBLISHED: 2014
This is a rather short, but interesting, book that takes a look at the history behind various scientific discoveries and inventions. All of the topics were chosen because chance or luck were involved in their discovery/invention. Each chapter is a separate unit that covers a particular topic, such as botox, explosive cellulose, synthetic dyes, penicillin, post-it notes, lobotomies, the cellphone, LSD etc. This book isn't in-depth science or history but is entertaining and informative without being boring. The writing style is particularly conversational and witty.