These are few of the things that are playing a crucial role in my PhD journey, hope you might find some inspiration here too. If you have any recommendations, ping me up :)
- Overleaf: To collaborate on LaTeX documents. You can also host your own overleaf server for better privacy.
- Inkscape: FOSS vector-graphic editor.
- Google Slides: I am trying to move to an entirely LaTeX workflow, but this is more convenient for collaborations.
- Python and it’s invaluable packages:
- vim and VSCode: Text editors of choice
- Fundamentals of Data Visualization: Essential guide for all researchers to present data in practical and aesthetic
- Mimetic desire of René Girard
- Story of someone who worked in physics and had a revelation about mimetic desire
- How colleges act as incubators for Mimetic Desire
- Research as understanding: A perspective towards research as pure as the ones we all started with as kids, before we started thinking about career, promotion, funding, et.al. in academia.
- How stories we tell ourselves compel us to prioritize our behaviours - Anand Gandhi : Culture we consume is as important as food. So, keep an eye on our media diet?
- How to turn pro: The only way to become a pro is to fight the resistance, a good summary of the book The War of Art.
- The Egg by Andy Weir[story, animated video: Novelty is key; it deals with the purpose of life the best, cause it shows how death doesn’t matter (you were/are/will still be alive in other forms), but also shows that what you do in your lifetime is important and valuable to reach the end goal of humanity. :
- An Introduction to the History and Philosophy of Science: Helps you appreciate what science is, and how we make it.