This chapter discusses scientist Maria-Luz Montesinos' remark that “experiments are like a kind of window.” Maria-Luz was studying engrailed, a protein responsible for the formation of the midbrain–hindbrain boundary, when the author interviewed her about experimentation. Maria-Luz said that like windows, experimentation was the exhilarating possibility of finding a passage through which one could enter an open space, a space no one yet knew of, the contours of which no one could even anticipate. The author named this analogy experimental realism, saying that one thinks about possible windows, and imagines how they would have to be built; similarly, one has a question and considers the available tools and materials.
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