Experiments where something went wrong

True science is appalling. The slightest mistake can cost the life of the experimenter - and sometimes the price is even higher. If you decide to devote himself to science, then take care of a good insurance. There is every chance that you'll need it. Not to be unfounded, we collected some important, world-famous experiments, each of which ended in a terrible failure.

Karl P. Schmidt

Science: Herpetology

Years of life: 1890-1957

Experiments where something went wrong

The superintendent Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago's large zoo, suddenly found in their possession a new pet - a small snake. To avoid the risk, its identification was sent to a professional herpetologist, Dr. Carl Schmidt. Unfortunately, the snake was African Boomslang, and quite nimble. The doctor got a bite while trying to classify a snake, but he did not despair. Schmidt knew exactly what to get the vaccine in time and not be able to spend the last few days of his life documenting happening to his body processes.

Carl Scheele

Science: Chemistry

Years of life: 1742-1786

Experiments where something went wrong

The first unwritten rule of chemistry - not taste what comes out of your retort. But Carl Scheele, apparently, this wisdom is not yet mastered. However, he was still living in the times when oxygen was called "hot air", so - forgivable. Scheele could open a number of elements in the periodic table (barium, tungsten, and oxygen already mentioned) until habit sample materials language is not brought it to the pit.

Marie Curie

Science: Physics and Chemistry

Years of life: 1867-1934

Experiments where something went wrong

Any list of deadly experiments would be incomplete without the Marie Curie. Nobel laureate and a brilliant scientist, Maria had a bad habit of taking the ongoing work on the house. Why bad? Because most of the time, this extraordinary woman taking over radioactive materials. Maria wore ore samples directly into the pockets, and without the slightest shadow of a doubt was taken for setting up the included X-ray machine. Her documents and belongings are still considered unsafe due to the radiation.

Harutyun Krikor Daglyan Jr.

Science: Chemistry

Years of life: 1921-1945

Experiments where something went wrong

Working with active substances, definitely requires some precautions. This, unfortunately, has forgotten chemist Haroutiun Krikor Daglyan, managing tungsten carbide brick dropping directly to the reactor. It sounds like bad news, right? Daglyan, knowing that before the explosion is only a few minutes, made out of the reactor wall by hand and repair the problem. In the process he received a lethal dose of radiation, but it has saved thousands of lives.

Louis Slotin

Science: Physics and Chemistry

Years of life: 1910-1946

Experiments where something went wrong

After Daglyanom provoked the accident, the plutonium core is left in the same place. Laboratory of Los Alamos spent a lot of dangerous experiments - and the gun fired a second time. Physicist Louis Slotin decided to use a screwdriver where the prescribed use of special laboratory cages. Metal reacted with the core causes a powerful radiation emissions. Slotin died ten days later, and the plutonium sphere (received at the time the nickname of "demonic ball"), destroyed in the experimental nuclear explosion on one of the islands of Bikini Atoll.

Anatoli Anatoli Bugorski

Science: Physics

Years of life: 1942

Experiments where something went wrong

Finally, scientific catastrophe that did not end the experimenter's death. While working on the U-70 Synchrophasotron Anatoli Anatoli Bugorski hit by a beam of high-energy protons. Half face of a hapless scientist immediately swelled up. Doctors expect Anatoli Bugorski impending death from radiation poisoning. He, however, survived, escaped with a hearing loss, facial paralysis and permanent cramps. The story ends on a good note: dispassionately documenting their condition, Anatoli Anatoli Bugorski was able to get his PhD.

Alexander Bogdanov

Science: Medicine

Years of life: 1873-1928

Experiments where something went wrong

Interests Alexander Bogdanov ranged from politics to philosophy and science, but it is experimenting with blood transfusion caused the death of a scientist. Assuming that the blood of other people able to rejuvenate his body, Bogdanov started the procedure at the beginning of 1924. Naturally, such a brilliant experiment does not require any additional control. As a result, a fan medieval alchemists poured a contaminated plasma tuberculosis and malaria, from what and rested.