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Posts tagged with "Lowe’s Laws of the Lab"

  • Business and Markets

    Prediction Markets, Idea Sharing, and So On

    Everyone who works for a large organization has to wonder about the amount of expertise in it that never gets used. Someone else in the company may have had to solve the exact same problem you’re working on, and you may well never know, because there’s no way to realize it or track down a… Read More
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    Cheese Dip and Hydrochloric Acid

    One of the more wide-ranging on my “Lowe’s Laws of the Lab” list is this: The secret of success in synthetic chemistry is knowing what you can afford not to worry about. That’s because you have to have a cutoff somewhere. There are so many potential things that can affect an experiment, and if you… Read More
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    A Law of the Lab: Yields and Variations

    The “Law of the Lab” I alluded to the other day is: Yields go down faster and more unexpectedly than they go up. My synthetic organic readers will all know what I’m talking about here. We’ve all had the experience of running a reaction that we’ve done many times before, only to find it suddenly… Read More
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    Yet Another Law

    It’s been too long since I added another to my list of “Lowe’s Laws of the Lab”. They’re something I came up with in graduate school, late one night in the lab. Looking back on them, I can tell I was in a bit of a bad mood when I put them together, but that… Read More
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    Another Law of the Lab

    This time, it’s the libelous assertion that: You should only believe yields in Tetrahedron Letters papers if you also send off for everything you see advertised on late-night TV. Well, that’s a little unfair. Not completely unfair – just a little. There are papers in Tet Lett whose procedures are perfectly reproducible – I&# Read More
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    Think Twice

    Time for another one of Lowe’s Laws of the Lab. This time, it’s some more advice for synthetic organic chemists, but it applies to many other situations as well: “Think Twice Before You Get Rid of the Old Route, or You Will Spend Months Saving Time.” It’s an insidious trap, that one, because you stay… Read More
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    Law Number One

    Three years ago (the Silurian era in blog time) I starting a series on “Lowe’s Laws of the Lab.” Time to bring them back, because I’d like to have them all in their own category over there on the right. Long-time readers will get a couple of repeats here, but I’m redoing the old posts… Read More