I have this hypothesis about scientific papers: If the title of the paper contains a question, the paper answers the question with a “no”.
My own examples:
- Is the Ewald summation still necessary?
- Can imaginary frequency instantaneous normal modes predict barriers to self-diffusion?
I’m sure there are plenty of counter-examples, but just leafing through the piles of papers and issues of “Science” on my desk, this seems to be a genuine predilection of scientific writers. You pose a hypothetical question, then you demolish it.
[tags]science, papers, questions[/tags]