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How to enter a field?

  1. Apr 5, 2010 #1
    Dear all,

    I'm asking a stupid question, but it puzzled me a lot.
    Recently, I am wondering about "how to enter a field or subject?"

    I am a research assistant now and I'm trying to read papers of my boss's subject.
    He is a theoretical string theorist.
    I found I was stuck at various technical part of each paper.
    I'm eagerly to catch up with the progress of his research,
    but when I read papers, I often can't derive equations of that paper.

    To complete the omitted technical details of a paper seems to be a basic ability.
    I am starting to worrying about if I'm appropriate to do theoretical high energy physics.
    To be honest, I have no experience in research.
    Now, I'm really depressed by a lot of stuff and equations suddenly bomb.

    So, I want to know how you guys work with your boss?
    How you guys "read a paper?"
    Thank you so much!

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  3. Apr 5, 2010 #2


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    How is the relationship between you and your boss? Is he willing to answer your questions?
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