It is a term used to refer to those things that can be discovered or found accidentally, circumstantially or unexpectedly; These are those findings that are not intentionally sought and are the result of mere chance, however, they turn out to be a solution for what was originally sought.
Many people today find this concept a very poetic way of looking at things and it is widely applied in the field of science , since it is where important discoveries have been accidentally made.
This term can also refer to people who often discover things because of many accidental incidents , this is also known as fluke, carom or luck. The serendipity can also be applied in other fields such as literature such as a writer describing imaginary and objects worlds that with the passing of time come true, you can even use that term when looking for something specific on the Internet and is something very interesting in relation to what was initially sought.
A good example of what happens with this phenomenon is when a researcher or scientist spends a lot of time studying something in search of an answer and in a fortuitous or less expected way, he manages to discover something important, when this happens a derived word is usually used which is pseudoserendipia . This term has its origin in the English “serendipity” which in turn comes from the Arabic “serendib” or “sarandib”.
Examples of serendipity
- Robert Louis Stevenson was a writer and novelist who had a dream and that served to develop the ideas of his work “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.”
- Scientists were looking to develop a drug to control hypertension and discovered viagra .
- Many claim that Christopher Columbus’ discovery of America was accidental since he was originally looking for Las Indias.
- Archimedes when he got into the bathtub noticed that a volume of water proportional to that of his body overflowed from the bathtub.
- The writer Morgan Robertson with his book about the tragedy of the Titan which bears incredible similarities to the famous sinking of the Titanic.
- The coke in principle was created to address problems related to digestion and besides that provide energy , selling portions vessels for 5 cents.
- Listerine was originally created as a wound and operating room disinfectant. This thanks to studies of more than 150 years ago that determined that there were invisible germs and bacteria that damaged or contaminated the body or a certain area. At first it was sold as a disinfectant, then dentists began to buy it and realized that it could work, in their advertising they added that it fought halitosis and germs in the mouth and sales skyrocketed.
- The benetint is a cosmetic product that was created thanks to a dancer. She needed something to add color to her nipples and after meeting her demand they created a red tint that can be applied to both cheeks and lips. It is currently one of the best-selling and best-known in the world.
- Super glue. It was created in principle in order to improve the sight of rifles during the Second World War since they needed a transparent material, then they realized that it was very sticky and difficult to remove and they took advantage of this invention to glue human tissue while the patient could be seen with a doctor, during the war.
- Plasticine was originally created to clean soot from walls, until its creator, Joseph McVicker, realized that his sister used it at school to mold children.