At some time when we are growing up, most of us learn the standard definition of the scientific method "“ make observations, make a hypothesis, and conduct an experiment. There is no doubt that this is the cornerstone of science. But when surveying the history of scientific discovery, there is often much more to science than this. It's not always a question of just rolling up your sleeves and applying the method. There are two other factors that cannot be fitted into the formula, but have played crucial roles in discovery. These two factors are personality and serendipity.
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