Accidental Discoveries - Atlas Obscura Experiences

Accidental Discoveries

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What We’ll Do

How is the invention of silly putty related to Himalayan cryptids? And how is it that one can sit down to read about the discovery of microbes and end up deeply absorbed in the cause of the War of Jenkins’ Ear? Curiosity can take us to some wild places!

In this live virtual experience, you'll join the ever-inquisitive researcher Dr. Kelly Reidy for a journey through the twists and unexpected turns of her deep dives into a variety of topics. Follow Dr. Reidy down the rabbit hole as she uncovers the strange synchronicities and curious connections between seemingly disparate ideas that only arise when one looks closely enough. 

Learn about the astonishing accidental discoveries that can be made when we follow where curiosity leads!

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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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This event is one of Atlas Obscura’s Membership Experiences. At Atlas Obscura, our mission has always been to inspire wonder and curiosity about the incredible world we all share.

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