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More fundamental and more difficult

  1. Apr 3, 2005 #1
    Which one is more fundamental or more difficult in solving real-life problems, professional engineering work or theoretical research?
     
  2. jcsd
  3. Apr 3, 2005 #2
    Fundamental in solving real life problems? Do you mean, which domain is more applicable to the "real world"? I view it like this, professional engineering certainly applies to the world more often than theoretical research. But it's theoretical research that causes any discoveries to be made all and therefore impacts the real world the most.

    Now there's a big difference between the words fundamental and diffucult. I would think that theoretical research would be more diffucult. You have to maintain funding, play academic politics, naviagate post doc positions when they're 2,000 professor positions to like 20,000 post docs. In engineering, you get a job, get paid big bucks, and directly help people out.
     
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