RE: Lazy or Grumpy?

From: Ian Gibson (
Date: Tue Sep 19 2000 - 03:47:43 EEST


I think you are being grumpy.

Einstein once said something like 'try to make things as simple as
possible, but not simpler'.

This student was trying the simplest solution first - he asked the experts.
The mistake he made was in not realising that the information is already
widely available in a published form somewhere. But don't forget that, not
so long ago, such information was not so easily available. We have come a
long way in a short time, accelerated by the Internet and other high-speed
publishing methods.

Maybe students are getting lazy, or perhaps losing the investigative skills
that we think we had when we were students. Or maybe they are just adapting
to the information age a little better than us 'old guys'.


Dr. Ian Gibson
Associate Professor
Dept. Mechanical Engineering
The University of Hong Kong
tel: +852 28597901
fax: +852 28585415

You can't have everything. Where would you put it?

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