A complete story.
I consider myself an experimentalist. It’s interesting I think that because both my published papers are on numerical simulations. But I think like an experimentalist and I aspire to be one.
However, there is a subtle interest I’ve noticed. Just doing blind experiments is not satisfying to me. Lately, I’ve been trying to understand the physics behind my experiments and attempting to describe them with a simple model.
Without a model or a theory, experiments can only describe one half of the story. To tell a good story, one needs both. And in two years, when I write my thesis, I intend to narrate as complete a story as I can.
Experience without theory is blind, but theory without experience is mere intellectual play. ~ I. Kant (?)