• Question: How long does it take you to discover something new? Do you find something new out everyday? :) :P :D

    Asked by izzypeafrizzy to Arttu, Ceri, James_M, Monica, Philip on 23 Jun 2011. This question was also asked by eriineriin.
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      Arttu Rajantie answered on 22 Jun 2011:

      It can take a long time. Sometimes when things go well, you can find out new things every day, although they may sometimes be small. However, often you spend weeks or months working on a problem before you make a breakthrough. One needs patience and perseverance in research.

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      James M Monk answered on 23 Jun 2011:

      A lot of the time you don’t even know when you’re going to find out something new, and even then it can be lots of small things add up incrementally to a new result.

      For example, right now I am checking a particular aspect of an uncertainty on a result. I have a strong suspicion on what causes a good part of that uncertainty, but I am not yet totally sure.