Picking the right problem

Haussler thinks that one key to discovery is picking the right problem.  Important scientific problems become ripe at particular times. Before that they are unapproachable because the foundation required for their solution has not been laid. After that they are no longer as important because the heart of the problem has already been solved. Knowing when a scientific problem is ripe for solution is a difficult art, however. Breadth of focus helps.  Luck doesn’t hurt either.





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