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Chemistry usually involves precise measurements and careful testing in order to get significant results. But a bunch of notable discoveries happened by accident. In the second edition of our accidental discoveries series, get to know the stories of how TNT, dynamite and even air bags were discovered totally by accident.

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Video Producer:
Sean Parsons

Writer/Host:
Darcy Gentleman, Ph.D.

Executive Producer:
Adam Dylewski

Scientific consultants:
Michal Meyer, Ph.D.
Amelia Winthrop
Kyle Nackers

References:
William Perkin
http://www.chemheritage.org/discover/online-resources/chemistry-in-history/themes/molecular-synthesis-structure-and-bonding/perkin.aspx

Joseph Wilbrand
http://www.rsc.org/chemistryworld/podcast/CIIEcompounds/transcripts/TNT.asp

Theophile-Jules Pelouze
https://www.britannica.com/science/nitrocellulose#ref241764

Christian Schonbein
http://www.chemheritage.org/discover/media/magazine/articles/29-3-celluloid-the-eternal-substitute.aspx
http://www.rsc.org/learn-chemistry/resource/rdc00001018/on-this-day-oct-18-schoenbein-was-born?cmpid=CDC00001018

Ascanio Sobrero
http://www.rsc.org/chemistryworld/podcast/CIIEcompounds/transcripts/nitroglycerine.asp

Alfred Nobel
http://www.chemheritage.org/discover/online-resources/chemistry-in-history/themes/early-chemistry-and-gases/nobel.aspx
http://www.rsc.org/diversity/175-faces/all-faces/alfred-nobel-0

Carl Haeussermann
https://books.google.com/books?id=PmuqCHDC3pwC&pg=PA404&lpg=PA404&dq=Carl+Haeussermann+TNT&source=bl&ots=ocLFkhWoZe&sig=E6hjjA7AmP1Pwu_Awp0uYfxw-f8&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjYz5G8jYDOAhVCWj4KHX9YA-8Q6AEIJTAB#v=onepage&q=Carl%20Haeussermann%20TNT&f=false

Édouard Bénédictus
https://www.britannica.com/technology/safety-glass#ref200506
http://www.societechimiquedefrance.fr/contribution-a-l-histoire-industrielle-des-polymeres-en-france-par-jean-marie-michel

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