A (de?)motivating Feynman’s quote

January 8, 2010

If an ape can make a discovery, so can you.

Richard P. Feynman

as quoted in this book

What do you think about this quote?

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The Three Golden Rules for Successful Scientific Research by E.W. Dijkstra

January 6, 2010

1. Raise your quality standards as high as you can live with, avoid wasting your time on routine problems, and always try to work as closely as possible at the boundary of your abilities. Do this, because it is the only way of discovering how that boundary should be moved forward.

2. We all like our work to be socially relevant and scientifically sound. If we can find a topic satisfying both desires, we are lucky; if the two targets are in conflict with each other, let the requirement of scientific soundness prevail.

3. Never tackle a problem of which you can be pretty sure that (now or in the near future) it will be tackled by others who are, in relation to that problem, at least as competent and well-equipped as you.

The original text of the rules together with the author’s comments can be found here (HTML) or here (PDF).

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Too good to be stolen? My blog was plagiarized!

January 4, 2010

They say it’s some form of recognition but I respectfully doubt.  In my case some [your favorite expletive goes here] have just copied my post on choosing a research topic and put it here: plagiarizer's url(no clickable link folks, I am not going to improve their search engine ratings!!!). No slightest shade of fun in this for me, unlike, say, in the case of Scott Aaronson.

And that should have been a scientific blog (judging by the domain name)… Talk about plagiarism in science after that. Pathetic, isn’t it? Any suggestions as to what can one do about all this (remember, it’s a Chinese site, so I doubt that the standard things like writing them and asking to remove the content or contacting their ISP would be helpful)?

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