Is the utility of most natural elements discovered by accident most of the time?

  1. Anjili profile image81
    Anjiliposted 6 years ago

    Is the utility of most natural elements discovered by accident most of the time?

    "Utility" in this context implies "the quality of being of practical use".

  2. jbosh1972 profile image96
    jbosh1972posted 6 years ago

    I believe in ancient times this was definately the case.  During the dawn of the scientific age, partly yes.   
    But with modern instrumentation and past knowledge,  we are more able to predict unique properties of natural elements.   I am sure though there is still a decent measure of accidental discovery going on.

 
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