Designing for (un)serendipity - computing and chance

André, Paul and schraefel, m.c. (2009) Designing for (un)serendipity - computing and chance. [in special issue: Serendipity in Science] The Biochemist, 31, (6), 19-22.


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The tale of a lame, one-eyed, toothless camel may not, at first glance, seem an auspicious start for ground-breaking discoveries of penicillin, X-rays and chocolate chip cookies. However, when Horace Walpole coined the word serendipity in 1754, based on the tale of ‘The Three Princes of Serendip’ and the aforementioned camel, he was giving name to the accidental sagacity (i.e. accidental wisdom) involved in many scientific discoveries and inventions, where there is “no discovery of a thing you are looking for”.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 0954-982X (print)
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Keywords: computer system, creativity, information theory, insight, pasteur, support domain expertise
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Divisions : Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering > Electronics and Computer Science > Agents, Interactions & Complexity
ePrint ID: 268313
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
1 December 2009Published
Date Deposited: 13 Dec 2009 16:57
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 14:16
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