I’ve always found it tragic how research papers have to dress up what can be simple notions into some which are incredibly complex. At its core, the problem lies with finding good notation to express a given question or problem. Without this, the reader has to translate from opaque notation to the simple but informal arguments, which are easier to understand.

30 Nov 2020

I’ve always found these sentences in mathematics to be so lyrical. They almost *want* you to complete them in this way, even when we can get a little carried away.

“Next: I can write a series of papers doing progressively more complicated perturbations and expansions.”

20 Nov 2020

That platform is only balancing because I’ve had to tune the mass of that left sphere perfectly. It practically took a neural network to figure out the right mass.

18 Nov 2020

“Do you think you should maybe polish up this draft a bit for clarity?”

“What? This isn’t a draft! I spent a whole thirty minutes working on it. Everyone I want to understand this will be able to, and the others will just have to figure it out.”

16 Nov 2020

“So the size of the dots indicate your error bars?”

“Oh no, I only add those in when I’m *really* desperate.”

Most condensed matter research nowadays is just a list of footnotes to the Ising model.

11 Nov 2020

If you work diligently, you *might* get to double the width of your knowledge.