Top 5 Accidental Inventions That Changed The World
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Top 5 Accidental Inventions That Changed The World

By SiliconIndia   |   Friday, 30 August 2013, 11:40 Hrs   |    5 Comments
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Bangalore: Some scientists are born to experiment on new things with an aim to invent, while a few become surprising victims of accidental experiments landing on life changing discoveries that gain them accolades. Here are top five popular accidents in the history of man-kind that led to the discovery of notable scientific inventories.

#5 Pace-Maker
Accident causer: Wilson Greatbatch
An Assistant professor’s device tampering lead to one of the greatest technological invention in surgical field- pace-maker for the human heart. Wilson Greatbatch was working on a device that could record fast heartbeats. While designing the circuit for his experiment, Wilson reached for the tool box and instead of pulling out a 10,000-ohm resistor, he accidently picked out the 1-megaohm variety. This caused the circuit to act differently. Instead of recording fast heartbeats, the circuit pulsed for exactly 1.8 milliseconds and paused for 1 second; a dead imitation of a human pulse range. Greatbatch immediately started working on the new circuit and developed the first ever pace-maker that proved to save millions of lives.
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Reader's comments(5)
1: today’s nuclear weaponry?
please mention nuclear power
Posted by:Prathap - 03 Sep, 2013
2: Though some inventions happen by accident,the person who finds them must be receptive to convert such accidental inventions to benefit mankind.

Dr.A.Jagadeesh Nellore(AP),India
Posted by:Anumakonda - 31 Aug, 2013
3: Modern dry cleaning uses non-water-based solvents to remove soil and stains from clothes. The potential for using petroleum-based solvents such as gasoline and kerosene was discovered in the mid-19th century by French dye-works owner Jean Baptiste Jolly, who noticed that his tablecloth became cleaner after his maid spilled kerosene on it. He subsequently developed a service cleaning people's clothes in this manner, which became known as "nettoyage à sec"—i.e., dry cleaning.
Posted by:Ravine Hotel - 30 Aug, 2013
4: The accidental discovery/invention of X-Ray happened in 1895, and NOT 1985. Kindly reconcile.
Posted by:Anil Pandey - 30 Aug, 2013
5: Although they are termed as accidental, without the observations, thinking, reasoning and conclusions of the scientists they wouldn't have been happened. Would they have happened with ordinary people? OP would have seen them and ignored them! That is the difference between a scientist ( science) and the ordinary people (world).

Discovery is seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought - Albert Von SzentGyorgi
Posted by:DrCKrishnaKumari - 30 Aug, 2013