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Lecture 3 - Quote of Day The dictionary is the only place...

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Quote of Day “The dictionary is the only place where success comes before work.” (Mark Twain) http://www.wow4u.com/work/
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What does a scientist do? or How is science “done”?
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This is what I do….. 1. I become interested in a phenomenon or problem By observing something in nature or in the lab By talking with someone else By reading what others are doing By learning about funding opportunities 2. I learn more about problem – what is known & unknown By reading primary and secondary literature By corresponding with “experts” on the problem By attending meetings to listen to those who are currently working on the problem 3. Formulate research project that will answer an unknown 4. Write proposal for research money To cover expenses To cover graduate student salary and tuition To cover my summer salary 5. Do research (generally takes 2 to 3 years for my projects) 6. Publish results and present at a meeting(s)
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What are some characteristics of good scientists….. 1. Are naturally curious people 2. Are comfortable with exploring the unknown 3. Love to solve problems 4. Love to learn new things 5. Are good observers 6. Are creative / have good imaginations 7. Are good communicators (in speech and in writing) 8. Are passionate about their ideas, but easily able to discard them when proven wrong 9. …. 10.…. 11.….
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The general perception of many people is that the process of doing science is linear.
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Although the linear idea is a simple model, it is not an accurate model. The process is more circuitous.
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None of the steps are inherently easy. For example, it is not always easy to make observations. Just consider the following images….
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Question : Are the long lines curved or straight? Answer : A) curved; b) straight; c) not sure http://www.optillusions.com/dp/1-2.htm
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http://www.optillusions.com/dp/1-2.htm Question : Are the long lines curved or straight? Answer : A) curved; b) straight ; c) not sure
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