Complicated Multi-Dimensional Problems

Source:  Asian Scientist, Jan 2016

Every individual counts

Large and complex projects such as those undertaken at the CERN highlight that the way science is being done is changing, Rubbia said. “50 years ago, you had a professor, an assistant, several technicians and a couple of students and that was it. Now you have complicated, multidimensional problems spanning a large number of subjects which each need an expert; you can no longer operate with just a team of ten,” he emphasized.

“The richness of science is surprise, breakthroughs can happen anywhere. So my advice to young scientists in Asia is to strike out on their own and go where nobody else goes. This is the only way you have the chance to think, invent things and have the time to make your mistakes.”

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