A New Paradigm

  • Morton A. Meyers
  • Chusilp Charnsangavej
  • Michael Oliphant


Science is characterized by discoveries. While the discovery of new facts is reportable, facts alone do not constitute the entirety of science. “Facts are the enemy of truth!” cried Don Quixote de la Mancha. Certainly, unprocessed facts, facts taken at face value, may limit our grasp of fundamental relationships. Understanding comes from making connections between many disparate facts. Such pattern recognition need not require immense data sets. In his insightful The Art of Scientific Investigation, W.I.B. Beveridge declares: “More discoveries have arisen from intense observations of a very limited material than from statistics applied to large groups, for only by being familiar with the usual can we notice something as being unusual or unexplained.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Morton A. Meyers
    • 1
  • Chusilp Charnsangavej
    • 2
  • Michael Oliphant
    • 3
  1. 1.State University of New YorkStony BrookUSA
  2. 2.The University of Texas, M.D. Anderson Cancer CenterHoustonUSA
  3. 3.Department of RadiologyWake Forest University, School of MedicineWinston-SalemUSA

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