Simon Singh

Simon Singh is an author, journalist and TV producer, specialising in science and Mathematics. His latest book is "Trick or Treatment? Alternative Medicine on Trial", co-authored with Edzard Ernst, the world’s first professor of complementary medicine.

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On the serendipity of science

SIR ALEXANDER Fleming's discovery of penicillin depended on a series of serendipitous incidents. As a 16-year-old, Fleming played water polo for the London Scottish Volunteers and found himself competing against St Mary's Hospital, situated on the north side of Hyde Park. When Fleming decided to attend medical school a few years later, he chose St Mary's because it was the only one that he had ever come into contact with - a particularly fortuitous decision, as will become apparent.
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