Nobody ever said that science was easy. Solving the mysteries of science requires hard work. While there may be one "ah-hah" moment---where the true form of the problem is revealed---that moment is always preceded by countless hours of careful research.
In the course of my own dissertation research, I consulted several books and hundreds of academic papers with over 5000 pages in total. Distilling this knowledge and adding my own minor contributions still led to 400 new pages of text and 600 pages of computer code.
This image represents the paper equivalent of that work. Each revision of each page of code that I wrote appears on one page in this image. In addition, the code on the pages was used to create the flowing forms in the image. The fluid-like cascade of paper reminds me of feeling overwhelmed at the volume of information that had to be considered.