Scientific progress: untangling a Gordian knot

by Kevin Boehnke

Last week, my first scientific paper was published. I was overwhelmed with excitement! Joy! Accomplishment! Recognition! And then I was reminded of the achingly slow and frustratingly incremental pace of scientific progress when untangling the Gordian knot¬†of a complex¬†problem. My paper, though big to me, represents a minute loosening of a tiny strand within that knot. The paper examines whether …