CCL: And now something completely different!
- From: Mihaly Mezei <Mihaly.Mezei!=!mssm.edu>
- Subject: CCL: And now something completely different!
- Date: Thu, 27 Aug 2009 12:57:02 -0400
Sent to CCL by: Mihaly Mezei [Mihaly.Mezei]_[mssm.edu]
> While I liked your movie, I dont believe that this is a good impression to
> convey to new or prospective students. It only sets them up for
> inevitable disappointment when they find out that doing and learning
> science is not really fun, but tedious, hard and often boring work (no one
> debugged parallel code could disagree...) I don't want to depreciate my
> own profession, because obviously the results of doing research are
> worth every bit of effort. As an analogy, the Golden Gate Bridge
> surely is impressive, but I don't think it was fun to build.
I agree with Dr. Steinbrecher.
Also, I would like to point out that the "fun" we are having when
doing science (and we do) is very different from the "fun" of, say,
attending a rock concert. To me, the "fun" is when after a tedious
derivation, the pesky higher order terms cancel and I end up with a closed form
result. Or, when after weeks of coding, debugging and testing, an idea I had
turns out to be correct. Or, after half an hour of head scratching, I manage to
solve a Sudoku labeled 'hard'. Maybe the closest analogy would be a strenuous
hike to a spot with spectacular view. I think that this is the idea of fun that
we have to convey to the future generation.
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