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The Power of Scientific Brainstorming

scientificamerican.com

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Generally, scientists occupy themselves with their longstanding research programs that follow previous ones.

But, this pattern can be disrupted by unexpected breakthroughs as a result of novel experimental findings. Anomalous experimental results lead to a surge in publications about possi...

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The question is: how much time should a scientist dedicate to revising research goals instead of pursuing past interests?

Too little time of brainstorming might lead to inconsequential research directions full of dead ends and stagnation. Spending too much time on planning can le...

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Since it is unclear in advance which research direction will yield results, scientific progress needs independent explorers. Sometimes a conventional path leads to an unexpected breakthrough, but more often, a traditional path leads to a traditional result.

Following new paths bring fresh ...

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