Practical Laws And Tips For The Benefit Of Young & Budding Scientists

  • You will never run out of things that can go wrong - problems are perennial. The idea is to anticipate problems and seek early or timely solutions
  • Every problem will seek one solution, however every solution can breed new problems
  • Always share your ideas and problems with somebody who is more competent than you
  • When it is not “Necessary” to make a decision, it is “Necessary” not to make a decision
  • Any system which depends on human reliability supported by accurate brain & presence of mind is bound to be “infallible”
  • Experiments must be reproducible to the maximum extent possible or to the threshold limit of your patience
  • An expert is one who knows more & more about minute & minute details until he knows everything about every thing
  • Whenever you set out to do “something important”, you must be wary or oblivious of “something else” that might draw your attention and distract you. The idea is to stay focused and adopt a selective approach
  • The most dangerous thing that one can come across in the laboratory, is a scientist with a periodic table in his hand
  • Nothing motivates a scientist than to see his boss or mentor in the laboratory
  • You can never tell which direction the train went, just by looking or staring at the track
  • Always plot your readings first in order to understand the “curves & slopes” of your findings
  • Information must travel first & foremost to those with a greater and actual need to know
  • Teamwork should not be the cause or an excuse to blame each other in case of failure
  • Work must keep flowing to the incompetent person until he or she becomes competent
  • Experiments should be reproducible - they must either all succeed or fail in the same way
  • You must design a system in such a way that even a fool or a simpleton can use & operate it successfully
  • If you have to ask a pertinent question, it means you were entitled to know in the first place
  • If everything seems to be gong well, it can also mean that you have overlooked something
  • A scientist in the field is worth “ten” in the laboratory
  • Any perfectly designed system must be indistinguishable from magic

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A Prakash Rao

A Prakash Rao

He was Scientist in one of the leading CSIR lab. He has published many leading international journal of publication. He spend most of the time writing stories,