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GRE Essay Topic 384 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "Most important discoveries or creations are accidental: it is usually while seeking the answer to one question that we come across the answer to another."

Author: eren | Date: February 27, 2014 | Score:5

Human beings have been developed beyond recognition thanks to hard-working and endeavor. When it comes to evaluating whether most important creations and discoveries occur accidentally or intentionally, there could be a hectic debate. Some people are in favor of saying that chance is a great dete...

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I do not agree with the assertion that many discoveries or creations are accidental. While it might be true that some discoveries or creations were the result of a different objective, they do not represent the majority.

By and large many creations or discoveries are formed in response to a certain need. A cure for a disease such as smallpox, for example, was discovered because researchers were developing it specifically to treat this disease. By the same token, most creations have a specific goal. The printing press, for example, were created in order to spread various writings such as the bible.

In any case, some stories about accidental discoveries or creation are mostly myths. Such is the case of Newton and his discovery of the law gravity. According to the popular story, Newton was calmly sitting beneath an apple tree when one of the apples fell on his head and an imaginary lightbulb lit up. The fall of the apple supposedly led him to formulate the law of gravity. This story however is merely an example of the many myths we form around many scientific discoveries in order to simplify the discovery and make it easier to understand.

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