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Quickly assaying ignorance in the heat of research

  1. Jun 28, 2010 #1
    Attempting to read an advanced-quantum-theory and other hyper-super-califragamalistics suggests to me: not only is it fruitful to work quickly in physics, but also to assay, quickly, what you don't know, and what resources you need to fix that.

    In fact: I'd like to know your perspectives: how do you all quickly assay what you don't know while reading stuff, and just-as-quickly decide what reading/work/etc. you do need to fix that? Like: how to quicken and make more-efficient the realization "Gee, I don't understand such-and-such material", and then quickly come up with "I should read pages such-and-such from my..." "...quantum-super-calafragamalistics For Dummies..." or "...Griffiths..." in order to understand that stuff?

    For some reason: this is a process that I inadvertently drag out for days...prolly because I don't like to think I don't know stuff, because I'm afraid I'll be a theoretical physicist living in a cardboard box someday because of it.... :-p
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