What Makes A Good Scientist? – Continuous Deployment

What makes a good scientist? In my view, intellectual curiosity, attention to detail and perseverance are indispensable qualities in the practice of good science. No less estimable a figure than Thomas Edison sums up the value of perseverance thusly(make of these quotes what you will; I take them in the spirit in which they were given):

I never did anything worth doing by accident, nor did any of my inventions come indirectly through accident, except the phonograph. No, when I have, fully decided that a result is worth getting, I go about it, and make trial after trial, until it comes.

The above link contains Edison’s thoughts on curiosity, observation and social progress.

A recent experience of my own reinforces these characteristics:

I was writing some Python code and was suspicious of my results. I tested the code within my Mac OSX Terminal app (I frequently do this) and received a different answer. Please see screenshot below.

Backtesting: I got it wrong.

Have you had a similar experience?

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