2019-09-10 18:39:37 UTC
Physicist Finding happiness in hardware
Francesca Ricci-Tam remembers an organic chemistry lab she took during her undergraduate studies, before she became a physicist.
“The professor told us that the vacuum tubes were very expensive and delicate and that we shouldn’t destroy them,” she recalls.
Five minutes later, her tube exploded.
“I never considered myself very good at lab work,” she says. “I was very awkward.”
The student who bashfully cleaned shards of glass from her lab bench is now a hardware specialist building electronics for one of the largest scientific experiments in the world. Over time, she has learned that this work is a skill to be learned through practice and that early mistakes like hers with the vacuum tube are an essential part of the process.
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