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Composers can make pretty god inventors, too. Take a look at our list of important inventions, discoveries and pioneering ideas from musicians, scientists, instrument makers and composers. Just steer clear of Elgar's garden shed…
While he didn't actually invent any instruments, Russian composer Alexander Borodin was an outstanding chemist, much respected in his field. In fact, he's co-credited with discovering the Aldol Reaction which is, apparently, a way of forming carbon-to-carbon bonds. His music wasn't too bad, either.
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