• Question: Is your job important?

    Asked by anon-267421 to James on 5 Nov 2020.
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      James Lees answered on 5 Nov 2020:

      Who knows!

      I work in fundamental research. That means that the work I’m doing is examining some of the very beginnings in a field of research.

      As of right now and even in the near future my work will only be read and used by other scientists. It could be more than 20 years before it’s in any practical use.

      But also it could then become massively used, maybe every micro-fabricating factory in the world will use it!

      So I just don’t know yet.