DOI: 10.1201/9781003226642-4

Scientific discoveries happen all the time. Large and small discoveries can occur at any moment, and indeed are taking place right now in laboratories and institutes around the world. They may happen for individuals sitting in front of their computers or microscopes, for teams sitting around a discussion table poring over an interesting photograph, for a research assistant looking at a table of measurement data thinking ‘That’s strange’ or for a professor having just given a presentation in a large auditorium and answering a question from the audience with ‘Good question, I don’t know the answer – but we’ll investigate’. Indeed, scientific discoveries are so common that it could be ...

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