"I've always said that the computer, which at first seems like a willing slave, turns out to master your brain because of its incredible skill, agility, and power. You don't even know—it changes the way you think about everything—form, color, and time. There's never been an instrument like this in human history, and so the first thing you have to do is establish who's boss."
"If I’m doing computer work, I definitely have multiple tabs open. And I’m definitely checking a couple websites for no reason while I’m working.
But in the lab, that’s not really the case. I don’t work with a computer in front of me. I have a sheet of paper and a pen, and I have the scale and the pipettes, and I have all the ingredients. It’s very tactile. For that amount of time, I’m not distracted.
That analog practice seems like it would be very grounding.
Yeah, because you could write the formulas on the computer as you go, and that way, you don’t have to switch it over later. But I didn’t learn to do it that way. I learned to do it on a sheet of paper, and for me it’s comforting to do it that way."