The primary goal of a reading group project is to understand a given model, theory, or concept by working through a specific book.
The primary goal of a distillation project is to make it easier for subsequent generations to undertand a specific concept.
Formulated more abstractly, a distillation project aims to reduce research debt.
Participants should have some rough understanding of the general ideas surrounding the concept. For example, the participants of
a project on Noether’s theorem should have some rudiemntary understanding of the Lagrangian formulation and Hamiltonian formulation of classical mechanics.
The deliverable is typically a pdf file that summarizes the learnings and results gathered during the project.
The primary goal of a research project is to discover previously-unknown truths.