Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Explaining my research...sort of.

A while back XKCD had this great comic about explaining a complex topic using only the 1,000 most commonly used words in the English language.

See Ar Oh, from the blog "Just Like Cooking" just posted his attempt at explaining his research (organic synthesis) using the same restrictions. He used this website (which I suggest you waste some time on. It's fun).

Since I am always asked about my research but rarely have a good answer, I thought I would give it a try. So here it is: This is what I spend my time researching (explained using only the 1,000 most common words in the English language).
"In my job I hit very small things with light. Then they shake. Once I hit those small things with lots of light they break. My job is to watch how they break and that way I know what those very small things look like."

It's not even right anymore, but there you go. That's what I do in the lab.

Here's the original XKCD comic: