If only I could give this more that one vote... At any rate,
a hearty thumbs up on expressing so eloquently a feeling that I
often get, both when writing code, and back when I actually
worked in a lab. After stumbling around awhile, a little
light clicks on, and I "get it". I imagine it is that way
for many people.
A somewhat related quote (from whom, I can't remeber; anyone?)
is something like "more real science|progress|discoveries begin with
the phrase 'that's strange' than with 'Eureka!'". For me,
plodding around is a necessary step.
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