This dude is Hans Christian Ã˜rsted, whose 1820 discovery that electric current produced magnetic fields was, supposedly, entirely accidental: He was preparing a voltaic pile for a lecture demonstration and there happened to be a compass lying nearby. He has become a sort of mascot for the Journal of Serendipitous and Unexpected Results (JSUR), a new open-access journal initiative that hopes to provide a forum for life and computer scientists to publish results they lucked into and maybe can’t fully explain. From their website:
Can you demonstrate that:
* Technique X fails on problem Y. * Hypothesis X can’t be proven using method Y. * Protocol X performs poorly for task Y. * Method X has unexpected fundamental limitations. * While investigating X, you discovered Y. * Model X can’t capture the behavior of phenomenon Y. * Failure X is explained by Y. * Assumption X doesn’t hold in domain Y. * Event X shouldn’t happen, but it does.
JSUR is now accepting manuscripts for their first issue. [via Boing also Boing]