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WHAT IS SERƎNDIPITY
For linguists the term “Serendipity” is used to describe discoveries (or events, even if they are quotidian) that were made accidentally, or occured as a result of a research carried out for completely different purposes. So, in other words, it outlines a propitious happenstance!
Many inventions that are widely used today and also many discoveries that made history were serendipitious!
The most common example is the discovery of penicillin by Alexander Fleming. During his absence, the microbiological culture he had left in his laboratory had been destroyed because of a strange mould which he decided to analyse instead of throwing it away… The rest is history!
Other “Serendipities” that changed the world are the discovery of the X-Rays by Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen who was experimenting on gas’ electrical conductivity, and of course the discovery of the American continent by Christopher Colombus who was originally looking for India!