"Accidents of Art and Science"
Technology advances less by
cries of "Eureka!" than it does by
mutters of "Huh? That's odd!"
There are accidents of art --
spilled paint and unpredictable blends --
which give rise to techniques like
salt splash and batik.
There are accidents of science --
forgotten, moldy dishes and
unexpected reactions -- that
lead to silly putty, liquid paper,
and post-it notes.
To be an artist or a scientist
is much the same -- a life built with
situational awareness that revolves
around a sense of wonder instead of fear --
differing only in the mode of expression.
It is not what we intend which expands
our horizons, but our accidents, and that
depends on knowing which mistakes to keep.
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Accidental art can be very beautiful, and has inspired a variety of painting techniques.
Accidental science is an important part of history, which has led to numerous inventions.