Mistakes That Worked: 40 Familiar Inventions and How They Came to Be, by Charlotte Foltz Jones ISBN 0385320434
Five out of five stars
This book fits the very definition of light, educational reading. All students hear the story of Thomas Edison and how he invented by trying things until he found what worked, his most famous quote is, “We have not failed, we have discovered 10,000 ways how not to make a lightbulb.” Yet, so many inventions are the consequence of the simultaneous presence of an accident and an open, intelligent mind. This book contains forty brief stories of how things went wrong before they became very right.
Some of the examples are the potato chip, ice cream cone, Velcro, glass, soap that floats, penicillin, tea and the doughnut hole. If you have a few minutes to kill and need to occupy your mind, this book contains an ideal collection of tidbits that will work.