Can I say "discovery" instead of "finding" in this context?
Answer from a Native speaker
Great question. In this case, you can replace "finding" with "discovery" without changing the nuance of the sentence. However, it is important to note that while technically all "discoveries" are "findings", not all "findings" are "discoveries". What this means is that we generally use "discovery" for more momentous findings. Think of "discovery" as "finding" something for the first time. While "findings" simply means you may have only just learnt this but it is not new to the world. Ex: Christopher Columbus thought he had discovered a new world. Ex: My findings we the same as the other students in my science class.