Accidental Eureka!


How many accidents have you had in your lifetime?

Have any of them led you to discovering something unexpected!

While working for Eastman Kodak in 1942, Harry Coover, attempted to create some material to make a transparent gun sight. But it wasn’t a great success. The resulting compound was simply too sticky. The same thing happened again when Kodak scientists were working on polymers for aeroplane canopies, and it was then that Coover – soon to be Sir Harry Coover – realised they might have discovered something useful after all.

‘Superglue’ went on sale for the first time in 1958. Aside from being responsible for more than its fair share of visits to hospital casualty departments, it’s made a big contribution to modern life. And it all came about by accident.

History is littered with examples of people who set out trying to do one thing and failed, but somehow managed to end up doing something better.

What did they all have in common? They were all trying to do something!


“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.”

Scott Adams

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