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The Travels and Adventures of Serendipity
Author: Robert K. Merton

ISBN: 9780691126302
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 17 December 2005
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 16.0 x 2.2
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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.

The story of "serendipity" is fascinating; that of "The Travels and Adventures of Serendipity," equally so. Written in the 1950s by already-eminent sociologist Robert Merton and Elinor Barber, the book--though occasionally and most tantalizingly cited...

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