Dijkstra's Three Golden Rules for Scientific Research

In one of his writing Sir Dijkstra defined three rules for successful scientific research. Being a research student for last few years I found these three rules are perfect to shape your research. First rule is for say NO to shortcuts; don't go for publication but to raise your standard. Second, go for something that enhance circle of knowledge! Third, there is no end of world; find and explore topics suite best for you. You can find original article at http://www.cs.utexas.edu/~EWD/ewd06xx/EWD637.PDF

Raise your standard!
"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."
Prefer scientific soundness
"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."
Never compete with colleagues
"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."


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