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Accidental Discoveries

$10 per device Online Experience
1 hour
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$10 per device
New York City, New York
What We’ll Do

Accidental Discoveries is a series of talks revealing accidents that led to major discoveries in a different fields each week, including astronomy, math, biology, and more!

The history of the world is riddled with stories of accidents. Join your host, Kelly Reidy, as she takes you down a rabbit hole of missed targets and unexpected consequences. Get inspired to go with the flow as you learn about the characters and circumstances surrounding these events!

11/20: Art Heists!

Oops! If we’re talking about a heist, there’s a very good chance something went wrong. Tune in to learn about the accidents and missteps involved in the art world’s most infamous heists, as well as the stories behind some lesser-known capers.

12/4: Mathematics!

Did humans discover or invent mathematics? While we may never settle on an answer to that eternal question, there have certainly been surprises and synchronicities along the way! Join Kelly as she weaves her way through the history of mathematics and its associated characters (and don’t worry; there won’t be a test).

12/11: Language!

The Rosetta Stone was discovered under serendipitous circumstances, and that about says it all, right? Learn about some plot twists in the history of language, as well as some linguistic surprises in how we and other animals process information!

12/18: Winter!

It may be cold outside, but here at Atlas Obscura, we’ve got plenty of accidents to keep us warm! From the invention of snowshoes to snowmaking to our fundamental scientific understanding of cold itself, Kelly takes us on a historical journey through the tundra that is our coldest season.

Where We’ll Be


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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