Many scientific discoveries occurred by accident. For instance, I can give the example of Czochralski process : Czochralski "made this discovery by accident, while studying the crystallization rate of metals when, instead of dipping his pen into the ink, he did so in molten tin and drew a tin filament, that later proved to be a single crystal."
Many other examples like that can be found (Pasteur, etc).
How can I name that phenomenon in general :
- "Hazard in Science" ? (This is close to french)
- "Discoveries made by chance" ? (that does not sound english...)
- "Discoveries made in a haphazard way" ? (that does not sound english either...)
What is the correct idiomatic expression ?