"The picture this survey paints is bleak: Over the past century we’ve vastly increased the time and money invested in science, but in scientists’ own judgement we’re producing the most important breakthroughs at a near-constant rate. On a per-dollar or per-person basis, this suggests that science is becoming far less efficient.

...[though] perhaps what matters more is the bulk of scientific work, the ordinary discoveries that make up most of science."

theatlantic.com/science/archiv

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