Ever heard of it?
Well, I heard this word 2 years back…
What are GOOF UPS?
When I asked this question to a fellow cubist…
This was the reply….
“Goof ups are mistakes which everyone (at least me) commits daily and most of the time these mistakes go unnoticed. From my point of view, goof ups happen when one attempts to do something, especially something new. If we see in today’s world, the mistakes or goof ups which one commits aren’t really appreciated. These mistakes are portrayed in such a manner that it discourages or brings the morale down of the doer.
In CUBE culture, we consider these mistakes as very important. So these mistakes tell us that something is really happening around us. And who knows that there will be a lot of unanswered questions or areas behind this something. For us, as researchers, the mistakes that we do & which we would be committing, would be of utmost importance, it would open something unexplored!!”
As Arunan sir says……”In Science, Positive results are not the only success stories. Many success arise from apparent failures or mistakes / Goof-ups, as in the story on discovery of Penicillin!”
We all are familiar with penicillin and its discovery…
Let’s go back and take a look…
Starting in the late 19th century there had been many accounts by scientists and physicians on the antibacterial properties of the different types of mould including the mould Penicillium but they were unable to discern what process was causing the effect. (No solution for a long time that means.)
The traditional version of this story describes the discovery as a serendipitous accident:
(What is serendipitous accident? Serendipity is the occurrence of an unplanned fortunate discovery.)
A goof up that opened up something unexplored as said by my fellow cubist!
Fleming noticed a Petri dish containing Staphylococci that had been mistakenly left open was contaminated by blue-green mould from an open window, which formed a visible growth. There was a halo of inhibited bacterial growth around the mould. Fleming concluded that the mould released a substance that repressed the growth and caused lysing of the bacteria.
The title of this site says:
Penicillin: An accidental discovery changed the course of medicine
How was Fleming described as? Alexander Fleming, the discoverer of Penicillin!!!
Often described as a careless lab technician,
Fleming returned from a two-week vacation to find that a mold had developed on an accidentally contaminated staphylococcus culture plate. Upon examination of the mold, he noticed that the culture prevented the growth of staphylococci.
We all know this story very well…