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Scientists Who Were Killed By Their Own Research

Even though it's getting safer, science was an inherently risky undertaking for the majority of human history. From working with dangerous chemicals to developing deadly weapons, history's scientists — for better or worse — risked their lives to advance humanity's understanding and control over the world around us. This list will explore some of the individuals who paid the ultimate price for scientific progress.

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    Scientists Who Were Killed By Their Own Research

    Scientists Who Were Killed By Their Own Research

    Even though it's getting safer, science was an inherently risky undertaking for the majority of human history. From working with dangerous chemicals to developing deadly weapons, history's scientists — for better or worse — risked their lives to advance humanity's understanding and control over the world around us. This list will explore some of the individuals who paid the ultimate price for scientific progress.

    Scientists Who Were Ahead Of Their Time

    Scientists Who Were Ahead Of Their Time

    The history of scientific research is filled with smart people. Every time a smart person discovers something new or refines our understanding of some aspect of the universe we live in, it adds to our collective understanding of how things work. That allows us to do cool stuff like fly to the moon, or carry a link to all the world's knowledge and a supply of reaction videos in our pocket, or get a new heart after ours wears out.

    Respected Scientists Who Were Actually Terrible People

    Respected Scientists Who Were Actually Terrible People

    Scientists: They're way smarter than most people, and they see the world in a different way and ultimately change it...for better or worse. Sometimes, it's a crapshoot which way it's going to go, but science is always moving the world into a new place and it's being driven by some of the strangest people in the world.

    Things Scientists Wish They Hadn't Discovered

    Things Scientists Wish They Hadn't Discovered

    Scientists probably regret a lot of their inventions, you know, like the Segway and Smell-o-Vision and the Vibrating Ab Belt. But none of those inventions really had a lasting impact on our world and the trajectory of history beyond just providing us with endless fodder for dumb jokes and a constant reminder that no matter how stupid we think humanity is, it's actually even stupider than that.

    Mysteries That Scientists Can't Even Explain

    Mysteries That Scientists Can't Even Explain

    In 1966 hilarious prankster and Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman spoke to the National Science Teachers Association. The topic: What is Science? Feynman, a famously out-of-the-box thinker, didn't give a definition — he described a process. He told attendees how he learned to do science, giving a detailed overview of formative experiences and underscoring their intellectual value. One of the patterns that emerged is that a mystery can be more valuable than the solution.

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