"So how does one do high-quality research in a resources and cash-strapped developing country? Rao’s approach is worth noting. He knew that the accuracy of measurements he could do with the relatively primitive equipment in India could never compete with sophisticated measurements in Europe or the US. So instead of aiming for accuracy, Rao aimed at interesting problems. He would pick a novel problem or system where even crude measurements would reveal something new. Others may then perform more accurate measurements on the system, but his work would stand as the pioneering work in the area. This approach is worth emulating and should be especially emphasized by young scientists starting out in their careers: be problem-oriented rather than technique-oriented."
Friday, October 29, 2010
The Curious Wavefunction has a review of a biography of the Indian chemist Chintamani Nagesa Ramachandra Rao (known as C N R Rao). This quote pretty much speaks for itself, so I will present it unadorned without further comment: