Monthly Archives: July 2011

Expressive behaviour

I first came across the term “Expressive behaviour” in my latest self-help book, The Unwritten Rules of PhD Research. There is a review of this book here. The authors, Dr Marian Petre and Dr Gordon Rugg, introduce expressive behaviour and … Continue reading

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As well as a dilemma, we have the potentially useful term trilemma and even tetralemma (the choice between two, three or four options respectively). But a lemma, in mathematics anyway, is a stepping-stone in a proof, and does not mean … Continue reading

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What are you worried about?

If you are naturally someone who worries, then being a PhD student gives you plenty of opportunities to exercise your habit. You will have research-specific concerns about experiments working and deciding which approach to take. Inherent uncertainty comes with the … Continue reading

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