Science is a discipline, an endeavor, an adventure into the bizarre and unusual. Generations of scientists have refined enduring thought paths throughout eons, developing and building upon what their predecessors discovered and invented. Generations of scientific thinking and research have led to today’s understanding of the world around us.
Communication comes in a variety of forms. Some signs and signals, such as laughter, or a wave, or a sigh, are readily understood by just about anyone, and even by some animals. Others are esoteric, perhaps only understood by one or a few. Occasionally someone’s life story may seem scripted or contrived to the point of being impossible – a series of extraordinary events, coincidences, great hardships and crucial choices leading to that person’s unique work and expertise, as if by recipe. Eventually, one must leave the safety of home and set out to make their way in the world, where one’s eyes are opened by possibilities and dangers, by the edifices left behind by their predecessors, and by the wonders of life’s machinery. In art and science, achieving a given outcome is one small part of a long process. Desired outcomes are there to be realized, and with discipline and perseverance, they’ll eventually be attained. The elegance of simplicity is a coveted end in scientific communities across time, place, and field of research. “What can be done with less is done in vain with more.” Willem of Occam Scientific investigation is never complete. From the vantage point of new experience and knowledge come new directions of pursuit. Often the best scientific result is the simplest. A solution or discovery may, with hindsight, be so uncomplicated and obvious that it’s surprising, or elegant. Yet to approach that simple truth may have required sophisticated instruments and complex methods to explore thousands of possibilities. Many great and inspired ideas have occurred to thinkers while completely disconnected from their mental task. A long sought-after idea or solution may spontaneously surface during a moment of relaxation and distraction.