In my IB Theory of Knowledge class, we talk about the scientific method as a tool for discovery and learning(see The Best Videos For Learning About The Scientific Method), but not just for scientific knowledge – it’s a process we use for many things we learn (I use how I learned to improving my shooting of free throws as an example).

But we also talk about how it is not the only way we learn and discover.

I typically show this NPR video on “scientific accidents” to illustrate how learning in science is not always a linear process:

(And, we always discuss Problems Of The Scientific Method)

Today, the Smithsonian published a very useful slideshow titled Sometimes, a Scientific “Eureka!” Moment Really Does Change the World.

It will be a nice complement to showing the NPR video….