Obviously there are loads from history but I was thinking about the past 20 years or so.
http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/450/so-crazy-it-just-might-work?act=1One day a successful cancer researcher named Jonathan Brody gave a talk at his alma mater, about how people in his field need to think outside the box if they're going to find a cure. Afterward Jonathan's old music teacher Anthony Holland shared an idea that was way out of the box: Killing cancer cells with sound waves. Gabriel Rhodes tells what happened next. Gabriel is also working on a documentary film version of this story, called The Cure.
This story is a load of rubbish (not you Astro! The story). There are hundreds upon hundreds of varied, blue sky and downright bizzare cancer treatments under research. Sound is an old and simple idea, just look up therapeutic ultrasound for tumour treatment. The fact that this story is being peddled as a cure in combination with some magic eureka moment that cancer researchers are too involved to see pretty much tells me anything I need to know.One heard this past weekend.
Computing science is an example for that, since effectively most people are amateurs since the field, or rather, education didn't exist twenty or thirty years ago. So, especially in software engineering, you find people from physics, EE, math, chemistry and even sociology.Obviously there are loads from history but I was thinking about the past 20 years or so.
That's a fantastic story and a really neat thing to lean about bees.Here's one from 2010.