Now that the most, if not all, of the PhD students keep talking and worrying about publication number and impact factor, I think the rot has begun to set in. The students may be enjoying less and worrying more.
In discussions with students also, I see the anxiety to publish. The students are afraid about future. I recently asked a student whether he thinks that he can do outstanding work that can have an impact, and whether he thinks about such projects. His straight forward answer was “No Sir, we do not have such dreams. We think a lot about jobs.”
I am trying to paraphrase the famous saying by PAM Dirac “It is more important to have beauty in one’s equation than to fit experimental data”. My apologies to experimentalists but theoreticians should not be slaves to experiments. The same otherwise.
The main thing is to have some fun…
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