Find examples of science that has been conducted in another way than originally intended?
- State what they are.
- State what they were created for.
- State what they are now used for.
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The most famous, or infamous, example that comes to mind is dynamite, invented by Alfred Nobel in 1867. It's original intended use was for mining. However, it would eventually be used as a weapon in war, first in the Franco-Prussian War (1870-71).
Nobel's brother Ludwig died and a paper erroneously published it as Alfred's death, saying, "Dr. Alfred Nobel, who became rich by finding ways to kill more people faster, died yesterday." It was this statement and Alfred's own growing interests in peace and diplomacy that led to him establishing the international Nobel Prizes: Chemistry, Physics, Medicine, Literature, and Peace. He wrote in his will that the bulk of his estate be paid to initiate these prizes: (modern day equivalent of $250 million).
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