Rules of the Lab

February 26, 2007 at 9:55 pm | | grad life, nerd

Rules of the Lab:

If an experiment works, something has gone wrong.

When you don’t know what you’re doing, do it neatly.

Experiments must be reproducible: they should fail the same way each time.

First draw your curves, then fit your data.

Always keep a record of your data. It indicates that you have been working.

In case of doubt, make it sound convincing.

Wafting is for the weak.

Collaboration is essential—it allows you to blame someone else.

Always analyze your results before wasting the time to formulate a hypothesis.

No experiment is a complete failure. Publish it as a negative result.

Whatever you do, don’t tell someone that his/her thesis project is a “useful tool.”


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  1. The burrito truck is always 10 minutes late, but it’s still a good idea to get there a little early.

    Comment by william — February 26, 2007 #

  2. Can I at least call the thesis writer a useless tool?

    Comment by kendall — February 27, 2007 #

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