What Is Research?


This blog is intended to explore questions like: what is research? What is the skillset needed for research? What are the challenges, the exciting opportunities, and the frustrations of research?

My primary focus is mathematics research, because that’s what I intend to be doing over the next few years. Some of the posts here are about specific recent experiences of mine, as well as the mathematics I’m currently working on. However, I have made efforts to write in a way that the content remains understandable across time and space.



  1. I have for some time been pursuing similar questions.

    See the entries related to Inquiry, Inquiry Into Inquiry, and Inquiry Driven Systems on MyWikiBiz directory page linked here, or to my signature if that doesn’t work.

    Jon Awbrey

    Comment by Jon Awbrey — February 24, 2009 @ 2:12 pm

  2. Career advice from the Fields medalists and some other mathematicians…

    Sir Michael Atiyah, Béla Bollobás, Alain Connes,
    Dusa McDuff, and Peter Sarnak:
    Advice to a Young Mathematician
    This is an excerpt from The Princeton Companion to Mathematics. By the way, the most recent errata for PCM are here.
    Career advice and wr…

    Trackback by Academic Career Links — March 19, 2009 @ 9:49 pm

  3. My blog has a similar focus.

    Comment by Successful Researcher: How to Become One — May 25, 2009 @ 10:44 pm

  4. Nice! My blog, Successful Researcher: How to Become One, is, just like yours, mostly an attempt to provide career advice for (future) scientists.

    Comment by Researcher — May 25, 2009 @ 11:09 pm

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