I recall (from 40-50 years ago) a story (no source, but probably not online or movie) about a scientist/technician that is asked to "repair" a time machine that s/he is told did work, but is now broken. Unbeknownst to him/her, it (actually a random pile of parts) had never worked and the employer is simply trying to bolster their motivation. S/he succeeds in "repairing" it, thus inventing a time machine.

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    Hi, welcome to SF&F. Are you sure it's a time machine? There's a famous story in this vein where the scientists are tricked into inventing an antigravity device.
    – DavidW
    Commented Oct 23, 2022 at 21:53
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    Indeedly; Noise Level" by Raymond F. Jones
    – Valorum
    Commented Oct 23, 2022 at 21:59
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    Also a little bit similar to Double Dare, by Robert Silverberg. In that case it was a perpetual motion machine. And an anti-gravity device. scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/74090/…
    – Pete
    Commented Oct 24, 2022 at 5:33
  • Actually, I'm not sure it was a time machine. I'll check those suggestions out. Thank you.
    – erik
    Commented Oct 25, 2022 at 1:04


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