• Question: What's the longest you are willing to work on something before you give up and admit defeat

    Asked by alice1996 to Leo on 14 Jun 2010 in Categories: .
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      Leo Garcia answered on 14 Jun 2010:

      Some people spend almost all their PhD’s working on something that doesn’t work in the end! However, we can learn a great deal through failure as well as success – and although not many scientists like publishing negative results (eg. “we tried doing this, and it didn’t work!”), it is still a perfectly valid contribution to knowledge.

      So to answer your question – I would continue until I had learnt something about why it wasn’t working, and move on from there!