Saturday, September 13, 2008

The Chain of Ideas: Researchers

Most published research is not terribly groundbreaking, but falls in this secondary regime. Scientists use the tools that have been developed during times of great breakthroughs. We muddle on, testing, probing, prodding at everything and taking notes. Over time, trends start to emerge and a new breakthrough may be found. In the meantime, we collect data in an attempt to at least describe reality as well as we can, even if we do not always understand it. Our goal is to be reliable and accurate.