Dijkstra’s 3 Golden Rules for Successful Research

1- Raise your quality standards as high as you can live with, avoid wasting your time on routine problems, and always try to work as closely as possible at the boundary of your abilities. Do this, because it is the only way of discovering how that boundary should be moved forward.
2- We all like our work to be socially relevant and scientifically sound. If we can find a topic satisfying both desires, we are lucky; if the two targets are in conflict with each other, let the requirement of scientific soundness prevail.
3- Never tackle a problem of which you can be pretty sure that (now or in the near future) it will be tackled by others who are, in relation to that problem, at least as competent and well-equipped as you.
Source (with some explanations): http://www.cs.utexas.edu/~EWD/transcriptions/EWD06xx/EWD637.html
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3 Responses to “Dijkstra’s 3 Golden Rules for Successful Research”

  1. imen Says:

    really liked the third!

  2. Nima Says:

    I liked 3rd one too!

  3. Ehsan Says:

    I’ve been depriving myself from your blogs and as a result these precious points, nice one. I agree with other readers who found the third point interesting.

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