Accidental Discoveries: A Celebration of Historical Mistakes - Atlas Obscura Experiences

Accidental Discoveries: A Celebration of Historical Mistakes

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What We’ll Do

History is riddled with stories of accidents and synchronicities that led to some of the world’s most influential discoveries. In this experience, get ready to head down a rabbit hole of missed targets, strange coincidences, and unexpected consequences!

During this live presentation and Q+A show, curious researcher Dr. Kelly Reidy will dig into these fascinating stories and more, exploring the influential mistakes that had shaped our world.

Get inspired to go with the flow as you learn about the characters and circumstances surrounding the greatest accidental discoveries in art, science, and history. Learn why there are no mistakes, just history in the making!

About Your Host
Dr. Kelly Reidy
Dr. Kelly Reidy

Dr. Kelly Reidy is a storyteller, performer, and rogue physicist currently based in Chapel Hill, NC. She has worked as a visiting assistant professor in New York City and traveled the world as a tour guide and creative consultant with Museum Hack. Currently, Kelly is working on several writing projects and, in her spare time, is learning to play cello! As an adult! Find her on IG and Twitter: @drunkascheese

What Else You Should Know

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Once registered, you can access the Zoom room for this experience through your confirmation email or Eventbrite account. Atlas Obscura online experiences are recommended for attendees age 13+.

This online experience will be recorded. A temporary link to the recording will be provided in a follow-up email to all ticket holders within 72 hours after the event. Access to this recording will be available for seven days.

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