Reading for fun, profit, or just whatever
Each month I am going to suggest reading (mostly non-science related) that I think you might find useful or at least interesting. These will typically be books I’ve read at some point. When possible, I’ll stick to books you can get at the Lexington Public Library. Note that these are just suggestions - feel free to ignore them! If you find any of these useful, let me know.
First up is a book called “Deep Work” by Cal Newport.
This is an interesting read that suggests ways to focus on your work and remove/ignore distractions. It’s generally applicable stuff, although in terms of grad school it doesn’t hurt that Newport is a professor of computer science at Georgetown University and that he developed many of his ideas as a grad student and postdoc. I’m not suggesting that anyone follows his approaches to the letter (they won’t work for everyone). Rather, these are things worth thinking about.