Lessons from the Grind (MIT Technology Review)
January 2013 (perspective of a postdoc)
Like many kids fascinated by science and technology, I grew up reading articles and watching documentaries about cutting-edge research. The way research was presented in popular media made results seem so clear-cut and pristine, as though brilliant individuals willed creative ideas into existence. However, reality is far messier: when I started working in computer science labs a decade ago as an MIT sophomore, I learned that the process of producing research involves thousands of hours of unglamorous work.