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Laboratory notebooks: a cautionary tale

Rao, Kesava K (2009) Laboratory notebooks: a cautionary tale. In: Current Science, 96 (2). pp. 181-182.

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A mathematician tends to have an intense relationship with treatises – one which is more akin to that of a historian than that of her colleagues in the ‘hard’ sciences. A book may be a century or two old and still be relevant as a source of information or inspiration, well-thumbed textbooks from youth might be still consulted decades later, and fierce arguments rage about relative merits of different treatments of the same subject. And much like any book-lover, a mathematician is forever arguing with herself whether she can afford to buy this volume or the other. When the price label is in dollars or euros and the salary paid in rupees, this last dilemma is particularly acute.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Current Science
Publisher: Indian Academy Of Sciences
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Indian Academy Of Sciences.
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Chemical Engineering
Date Deposited: 31 Aug 2009 06:41
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 05:29
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/19685

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