Thought for the month

“You always own the option of having no opinion. There is never any need to get worked up or to trouble your soul about things you can't control. These things are not asking to be judged by you. Leave them alone.”
Marcus Aurelius Antonius, Emperor and Stoic philosopher (121-180).

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Why am I doing this?

I thoroughly enjoyed being in Hannover last month for the Deutscher MBE Workshop. As always the event was well organised and informative. On the technical front I would highlight the work on the diverse materials and structures aimed at reducing the power consumption in a wide range of devices and circuits. In addition to the specific content of the papers, I was perhaps even more intrigued, and pleased, to note that virtually all of the presentations commenced with a brief statement of the motivation behind doing the work. The question 'Why am I doing this?' has the merit and power of simplicity. It does not seem to me to be at all incompatible with either fundamental research or applied development. I recommend the question Why?

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