Top 10 Accidental Discoveries


While the quest for knowledge is a never-ending process that drives scientists and researchers to push the limits of what we know farther and farther, some of mankind’s greatest discoveries have been made entirely by accident. Interestingly enough, some of the most important aspects of modern society have come to be entirely by chance.

Although isolated, these instances of sheer luck are just as important in the grand scheme of things as the thorough research projects that yield the same outcome. Over the next few minutes, we’ll take a look at ten of the most important accidental discoveries in history, discoveries that have impacted our world more than most of us realize.

8Artificial Sweetener

We should point out that many artificial sweeteners were discovered by accident, not just a specific type. For instance, cyclamate was discovered by Michael Sveda while working on a way to synthesize anti-fever medication whereas aspartame was discovered by James M. Schlatter who was working on developing an anti-ulcer drug. In both instances, the scientists working on a completely unrelated project realized how sweet they were when accidentally testing the substances they were working on.