Discoveries are delicate things. To make a discovery, a scientist needs to be familiar enough with prior research to formulate an important question that is neither too easy nor too difficult to answer.
Scientific inquiry is an arc of knowledge, a series of steps on a path toward a deeper understanding of the unknown, and the breakthroughs only come because of the body of knowledge that previous observations have built.
The closest thing to an indispensable characteristic is a passion for the work and a near-obsessive interest in seeing it through […]
This is one of the most interesting articles I have read this year. It presents a fascinating view of the twists and turns leading to the discovery of insulin and treatments for diabetes — and it has important lessons to teach about the nature of innovation and discovery.