, but you see, experiments are usually performed in
dark laboratories, by lonely, shy, peeps, that don't ask questions on technical forums...
In other words, that is NOT taking shortcuts, it is taking shortcuts asking for other people help (and time)
when the solution to your current problem is ALREADY easily available.
Another "general" idea is that, if you really need to re-invent wheel or hot-water, such a wheel needs to be rounder (and hot-water hotter) thus you have to know ANYWAY the roundness of existing wheels and temperature of the usual hot-water everyone else uses.
And you are advised against taking ANY experiment WITHOUT some basic knowledge of the tools used, it's just like reverse engineering, it makes LOTS of sense if you don't have source and proper documentation, but is frankly a much looonger shortcut then the "main" path if these are available.
Please also review my signature
, I am all for experiments..... but needed ones, to prove the unproved or to explore the unexplored.... just imagine that every odd year of his life a land surveyor's mind is wiped blank and he needs to re-discover empiricallly Pythagoras's Theoremhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pythagorean_theorem
or the whole Euclidean approach to geometry......