Accidental Discoveries - Atlas Obscura Experiences

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!



3/5: Ornithology

While birds themselves do plenty of weird things, they’ve got nothing on the people who study them! Join Kelly this week on a flight of fancy through some accidents, synchronicities, and oddities in the world of ornithology.

3/12: Mathematics, ft. Pi!

In honor of Pi Day on March 14th, Kelly will be reprising her investigations about math! 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, with a special focus on the number of the week: pi (and don’t worry; there won’t be a test).

3/19: Shipwrecks

Shipwrecks! The category of accidents that lead to the best paintings. The circumstances surrounding shipwrecks are often mysterious and captivating, but so are the ways in which some of these have been discovered. This week, learn about several famous (and less-famous) shipwrecks and their discoveries.

4/2: Literature

The history of writing and publishing is full of… characters. Join Kelly this week to hear about many of these fascinating folks, plus several curious occurrences in the world of literature.

4/9: Cults

Feeling alone? Tune in to this week’s edition of Accidental Discoveries to learn (the easy way) why solitude is sometimes for the best; join Kelly as she discusses a wide and strange variety of cults and the accidents that have befallen them.

4/16: Photography

“Accidental photography” is a genre unto itself, but this week, Kelly will be discussing some oddities, coincidences, and accidents from the history of photography. Get ready to wish you could turn your bathroom into a darkroom, and get ready to fill your weekend calendars up with yard sales!

4/23: Museums

4/30: Fungus

5/7: Architecture

5/14: Paleontology

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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