Accidental Discoveries: Physics - Atlas Obscura Experiences

Accidental Discoveries: Physics

$7 per person Online Experience
1 hour
Up to 275 people
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$7 per person
Brooklyn, New York
What We’ll Do

The history of science is riddled with stories of accidental discoveries. Join your host, Kelly Reidy, as she leads you down a rabbit hole of missed targets and unexpected consequences.

In this edition of Accidental Discoveries, you’ll hear about the happiest of often-wacky mishaps in the history of physics that led to the discoveries of the atomic nucleus and the radioactivity of uranium, as well as the story behind Archimedes’ famous “eureka!” moment, and more!

Get inspired to go with the flow as you learn about the characters and circumstances surrounding these discoveries, as well as the science behind each. Will the journey end in a Nobel Prize or a melted chocolate bar? Tune in to find out!

Accidental Discoveries is a series of talks revealing accidents that led to major discoveries in a different fields each week, including astronomy, math, biology, and more!

About Your Host
Dr. Kelly Reidy
Dr. Kelly Reidy

Dr. Kelly Reidy is a storyteller, performer, and rogue scientist based in New York City. She is an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Math & Science at Pratt Institute and has traveled the world as a creative consultant with Museum Hack. In her spare time, she writes and performs small songs about, among other things, love and mathematics. Find her on IG and Twitter: @drunkascheese!

What Else You Should Know

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Group Size

There are 275 spots available on this experience.

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