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Originally posted June 30 2004 at 18:06 under Physics. 0 Comments. Trackbacks Disabled.

The Importance of Notes

So Ed sends me an email asking about a script to analyse STS data that we once used. Now I’d written this script (well, actually based on someone else’s but I’d made major updates). Problem was I couldn’t really remember we’d done that, let alone anything about the script. Fortunately I found a lab book in which I had some notes from the time (about 16 month ago) telling me about the code and what it does. That let me find the script again and check it’s in working order. Problem solved.
Let that be a lesson to first year undergraduates who wonder why they have to write so much in a lab book when they’ll “remember what I did”. Yes, tomorrow you might. The problem arrives with that email..

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