Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Well that was horrible

Gave my 1st year doctoral seminar today. Horrible it was. Apart from being an appallingly short amount of time in which to be able to communicate anything, I was umming and arring all over the place and had complete brain freeze when asked some simple but relevant questions. I can do it when sitting round chatting, but I don't appear to have the ability to think on my feet when confronted by an audience. Which means that I'm going to have to do it again. And again. And again, until I can. <sigh>

In the meantime, off to find something to cheer me up. This did. Not the book sadly. The review though. Seriously:
"If there is one thing I hate, it is the traditional view of science. No one proposes a hypothesis, does a set of experiments that proves or disproves said hypothesis, and communicates the results to an approving and appreciative audience. That cliché is boring and wrong. Science proceeds by inspiration, ruthless pursuit, and not a small amount of vindictiveness"
Sounds fun. And, I suspect, passably accurate. Added to my reading list.

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