This documentary (directed by Richard and Carole Rifkind) on the life of graduate students in a structural biology lab very nicely shows the fine line between success and failure, genius and madness, hope and despair, pressure and satisfaction when it comes to doing good science. It’s great if you’d like to convey the idea of what it’s like and what it’s about to friends and relatives who are wondering why the heck one is putting up with all of this when you could have had such a nice life as an accountant in the local bank. Also, if you are considering to go into science and eventually do a Ph.D. – this is a glimpse of the bumpy road ahead.
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If you don’t like it…
Saying that you don't understand it
meaning "I don't believe it -
it's too crazy!
- it's the kind of thing ...
I just ...
I'm not going to accept it!"
The other person
well this kind -
I hope you come along with me,
... you have to accept it.
Because it's the way nature works!
If you wanna know
the way nature works
we looked at it, carefully:
that's the way it looks!
You don't like it?
GO SOMEWHERE ELSE!
To another universe -
where the rules are simpler -
philosophically more pleasing -
more psychologically easy -
I can't help it, OK?!
If I am going to tell you honestly
what the world looks like
to human beings who struggled
as hard as they can
to understand it :
I can only tell you what it looks like,
and I cannot make it any simpler ...
I am not gonna do this.
I am not gonna simplify it.
I am not gonna fake it.
I am not gonna tell you
it looks something like
a ball bearing on a spring -
So I am gonna tell you
what it really is like
and if you don't like it
THAT'S TOO BAD!
Richard P. Feynman,
QED Lecture@University of Auckland