Hektoen International

A Journal of Medical Humanities

Tag: Serendipity

  • Serendipity in science and medicine

    JMS Pearce Hull, England, United Kingdom   Photo by Tyler Merbler on Flickr. CC BY 2.0. The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not “Eureka!”, but “That’s funny…” – Isaac Asimov   Horace Walpole (son of the first British Prime Minister, Sir Robert Walpole) coined the word…

  • Serendipity: Is it mere lucky coincidence?

    Isuri Wimalasiri Ratmalana, Sri Lanka   View of Sri Lanka from Ptolemy’s world map of Ceylong Many Sri Lankans may not be aware that the origins of the term “serendipity” are linked to their country. The word was coined by English writer Horace Walpole, who wrote a letter to a friend about a folk story…