The Travels and Adventures of Serendipity

The Travels and Adventures of Serendipity

A Study in Sociological Semantics and the Sociology of Science

Book - 2006
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"From the names of cruise lines and bookstores to an Australian ranch and a nudist camp outside of Atlanta, the word serendipity - that happy blend of wisdom and luck by which something is discovered not quite by accident - is today ubiquitous. This book traces the word's eventful history from its 1754 coinage into the twentieth century - chronicling along the way much of what we now call the natural and social sciences." "The book charts where the term went, with whom it resided, and how it fared. We cross oceans and academic specialties and meet those people, both famous and now obscure, who have used and abused serendipity. We encounter a linguistic sage, walk down the illustrious halls of the Harvard Medical School, attend the (serendipitous) birth of penicillin, and meet someone who "manages serendipity" for the U.S. Navy."
Publisher: Princeton, NJ : Princeton University Press, 2006
Edition: Paperback ed
ISBN: 9780691126302
Branch Call Number: Science & Nature 501 Mer
Additional Contributors: Barber, Elinor G.


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