An epiphany (from the ancient Greek ἐπιφάνεια, epiphaneia, "manifestation, striking appearance") is the sudden realization or comprehension of the (larger) essence or meaning of something. The term is used in either a philosophical or literal sense to signify that the claimant has "found the last piece of the puzzle and now sees the whole picture," or has new information or experience, often insignificant by itself, that illuminates a deeper or numinous foundational frame of reference.Epiphanies of sudden comprehension have also made possible leaps in technology and the sciences. Famous epiphanies include Archimedes' realization of how to estimate the volume of a given mass, which inspired him to shout "Eureka!" ("I have found it!"). The biographies of many mathematicians and scientists include an epiphanic episode early in the career, the ramifications of which were worked out in detail over the following years. For example, Albert Einstein was struck as a young child by being given a compass, and realizing that some unseen force in space was making it move. An example of a flash of holistic understanding in a prepared mind was Charles Darwin's "hunch" (about natural selection) during The Voyage of the Beagle.
The benzene molecule, he realized was a perfect ring og ccarbon, with hydrogene atoms surrounding its outer edges. Kekulés slow hunch had set the stage for the insigth, but for that hunch to turn into a world-changing idea, he needed the must unlikely of connections: an iconic image from ancient mythology. (...) It took the combinatorial serendipity of af daydream - all those neurons firing in an unlikely new configuration - to help usunderstand the combinatorial power of carbon, which was itself crucial to understanding the orginal innovations of life itself.
In a sense, dreams ar the mind´s primordial soup: the medium that facilitates the serendipitous collisions of creative insight.. And hunches ar like those early carbon atoms, seeking ourt news kinds of connections to help them build new chains and rings of innovation.