Y O U R O T H E R L I F E
Cultivating orchids requires ample patience, he notes. The road from flask to flower could take three to 12 years, depending on the variety. And the blooms, he adds, last from a single day to six months. Simply watering all his prize-winning plants can consume up to an hour a day.
At Hopkins, Robbins attempts to understand the molecular
origins of macroscopic behavior, such as the origins of
friction. "The work I do is very abstract and theoretical.
It's computer simulations mostly," he says. "Whereas orchid
growing is my hands-on, experimental activity. It fulfills
another type of need and interest for me."
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