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A series that covers the true revolutionaries, Game Changers explores how innovators from Big Ten universities — students, faculty and alums — are inventing or reinventing their chosen fields. The story about the great scientist Isaac Newton discovering gravity when an apple fell from a tree and hit him in the head is almost certainly not true, or at least heavily embroidered. But it’s become so popular in part because it gets at another truth: Incredible scientific breakthroughs can happen at seemingly random and odd times and places. Kechun Zhang, chemical engineering and materials science professor at the University of