Essay)ものを無駄にしない習慣 a habit of not wasting things


An article prepared for Journal of Aerosol Research Japan (2004)





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In 2000, I was given a few months of research at Yale University (USA). I was honored to be given a laboratory that Professor John B. Fenn, who received the Nobel Prize (2002 in Chemistry) 2 years later, had used in the past.
Top universities (in USA) had a glamorous image, but I was surprised at how simple it was despite the fact that it is such a well-established laboratory. The first thing I saw in the lab was a shelf with many drawers. They contain well-organized parts and materials, which are subdivided by size and material type. When experimenters build their own devices, they first search the shelves for usable components. When they leave the lab, they have to disassemble the equipment as needed and store the parts in the drawers on each shelf, with little trash.
Nowadays, it is the mainstream to draw a drawing on the screen of a PC, and manufacture experimental equipment based on the completed assembly drawing, or to ask a manufacturer. However, I felt that new ideas could be created by actually touching the components that make up the device and thinking about the device from the things that are there.