The Author File: Robert E. Campbell : Nature Methods : Nature Publishing Group.
From the article:
“Campbell’s love of invention-oriented science has guided his career. “However, as I approach my midcareer stage, I’m also finding that focusing on invention alone can be kind of scary,” he says. Hypothesis-driven research will always lead to an answer, even if it is not the right answer. “In contrast, invention-driven research is often binary,” he says. “It either works or it doesn’t work, and the failures are rarely publishable.”
Campbell says his graduate students offer a steady flow of creativity and imagination and help him sustain this invention-focused model to keep developing FP-based tools.”