Friday, June 03, 2005

the value of a good advisor

Despite some earlier post about how I had "outgrown" the need for an advisor, I had a really good interaction today that reminded me that I still have a lot of "growing up" to do scientifically. I've been puzzling on a particular problem on and off for a couple of years now (even given a poster and part of a talk on it), and I'd been treating it as a rules-based exercise in optimization. My advisor immediately wanted to write equations for the processes, which is something I hadn't even thought of. I'm not sure the equations can be written in a generalized form, but it's definitely worth a try, and two heads are better than one.

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