CHAPTER 1

Thinking about Research

1.1    INTRODUCTION

Research is great fun because innovation is exciting and discovery is a thrilling. But beyond the personal satisfaction, the goal of research is to improve the lives of people everywhere. Researchers have the opportunity to create astonishing innovations and make profound discoveries, which drive revolutionary advances in communication, healthcare, transportation, business, and government.

But to become this kind of superstar researcher, you have to be more than just lucky; you have to develop the right strategies. These strategies range from choosing problems to finding excellent collaborators, from validating your ideas to pushing back against skepticism. Learning and applying these strategies ...

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