• Question: Have you ever had uncertains about your work ?

    Asked by Arujan to Hummy, Lewis, James, Sandra on 5 Mar 2017.
    • Photo: Lewis Wright

      Lewis Wright answered on 5 Mar 2017:

      When you work in research, and you’re investigating new stuff, you are always uncertain about your work because no-one has ever done it before! You can’t look up the answer and check to see if you have experimented properly, so you have to make lots of different and careful measurements to check that you are doing everything right.
      We all work as part of a research team so we all have people whose opinion we can ask, to see what they think of our results 🙂

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      anon answered on 7 Mar 2017:

      I think what most of us here will tell you is that research is mostly based on uncertainities. The only sure thing is that we will get some results, positive or negative is never for sure.

      When you set off with something that hasn’t been done before (which is almost everything you’d do in science), you’ll always be uncertain of the outcome. In your mind, you’ll have a certain result you want to get out of the experiment you’re conducting so long as you are working to achieve that, your uncertanities can be controlled to an extent.