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First one to publish

A follow-up thought on this morning’s conversation with a colleague. I don’t want to dedicate my life to being the first one to publish. Just like Tim Cook said yesterday: it means more to me to get it right than … Continue reading

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Surviving in science

“All the world’s a lab … and last, The Survivor” by Sydney Brenner: Survival in science, and especially in biology, takes something more than having a working body. The most important thing you can do is to stay out of … Continue reading

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Take control of your life

The “Complete Theory of the Inverted Telephone Call” by Sydney Brenner: As you know, when a telephone call is made its polarity is taken for granted; somebody is calling and somebody is receiving. How can this polarity be inverted? There … Continue reading

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Telephone directory

“If we are to understand how all of this works we will need something more than merely lists of components and binary interactions. As someone once remarked, the great difference between the telephone directory and a Shakespeare play is that, … Continue reading

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Classics

I think Science magazine has it completely backwards: instead of providing the super-old classic papers for free, it requires a special subscription and additional pile of money for access. It is absolutely appalling and I can’t believe we are letting … Continue reading

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Two types of people

When you ask someone for advice about a difficult thing they have done and you are about to embark upon, you realize that there’re substantially two types of people. The ones that tell you “get ready for hell” and basically … Continue reading

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Kenneth Rogoff

An excellent read: “Being very good at anything involves being somewhat addicted – so part of my strategy of moving on was to give it up completely. I don’t play chess casually … Not unless it’s incredibly rude to decline … Continue reading

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