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Notebooks scientists use

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  1. Feb 22, 2017 #1
    What's the most common type of notebook that scientists use?
    I am not talking about the laboratory notebook (which is also a little bit outdated as now all the data are digital and it is quite time consuming to print out the results and put it in the notebook..), but the notebook where scientists write things they learn or some maths.
    I am looking for an ideal and beautiful option (Moleskine are too expensive).
    I was thinking about binders + refill..
     
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  3. Feb 22, 2017 #2

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    The "laboratory notebook" is not confined to be used ONLY to record data. I use it for my own personal notebook as well. After all, it is available in the stockroom, and that's what almost everyone at work use, since it is for work.

    BTW, laboratory notebook are used not to write data, but rather the parameters of the data, the performance of the machine, etc.. etc. and to correlate what data file corresponding to what parameters. So they are not "outdated". Hendrik Schon would have had a stronger case had he kept and produced a proper lab book.

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  4. Feb 22, 2017 #3
    Yes of course you use notebooks to write the parameters of your experiments. Actually you should put the results of your experiments as well in your legally bonded notebook, otherwise you cannot claim you had any result... anyway tho was. this was not the point of the post. I don't think you should put the derivation of textbook formula, for example, in your lab book, as it is supposed to be read by other people (who don't care about your math).
     
  5. Feb 22, 2017 #4
    I don't like the notebooks they have in the stockroom. They are ugly.
     
  6. Feb 22, 2017 #5

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    No, but there's no reason not to use another lab notebook as your personal notebook. This was not uncommon at Argonne, because I've seen many people walking around with those to take down notes when they attend a colloquium.

    Isn't that what you're asking?

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  7. Feb 22, 2017 #6

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    I never realize that physical beauty and visual appeal are a factor.

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  8. Feb 22, 2017 #7
    I have OCD.
     
  9. Feb 22, 2017 #8
    Do you suggest A4 or A5, wirebound or not ?
     
  10. Feb 22, 2017 #9

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    Form follows function. Pick something that YOU are comfortable with, not something that *I* am comfortable with.

    Besides, in the scheme of things, this is utterly trivial, and I'm surprised that you don't have other more important things to worry about.

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  11. Feb 22, 2017 #10
    Again, I have OCD.
     
  12. Aug 11, 2017 #11
    I recommend the Rhodia graph notebooks or their notebooks in general. They have very great paper quality!
     
  13. Aug 13, 2017 #12
    The Japanese make some nice notebooks with fine paper that is a joy to write in.
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