HowToDoResearch

HowToDoResearch - Advice to Students on How to do Research...

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Advice to Students on How to do Research adapted from a talk to the Physics Club by A. W. Simon at the University of Chicago Research–in the broadest sense–consists largely of repairing leaks in vacuum lines. More specifically, it consists of gathering a weird assembly of wires, meters, pumps, and lattice rods and clamps down in the Benson basement, and then keeping other students from borrowing parts of it. Apparatus may be borrowed or acquired. If you borrow it, you are expected to return it. If you acquire it, you keep it until you are found out. Tools, at one time, could be found in the lab tool box. Now you find them everywhere. To do research, one must have ideas. One idea is sufficient. Two ideas are apt to contradict each other. Don’t learn too much about your idea; it will only ruin your confidence. Ideas are easy to get. If you haven’t any, consult Dr. Hansen. He can be found adjusting potentiostats in some obscure corner of the East wing.
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This note was uploaded on 03/08/2012 for the course CHEM 391 taught by Professor Vollmer-snarr,h during the Winter '08 term at BYU.

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