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    A man walks into a university library and finds seven books piled on a desk:
    • 1 quantum chemistry textbook
    • 2 differential equations textbooks
    • 1 book on economic indicators
    • 1 book entitled "Modern Portfolio Theory and Investment Analysis"
    • 2 books on polymer engineering (one focusing on "ESR methods")



    What was being researched here?

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    Sounds either like someone starting a company or someone investing in (medical?) plastics. Could be someone studying growth processes as well.
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    Library sciences intro.
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    Nothing, somebody just wanted to look really busy while they did something they didn't want people to see.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grinner View Post
    A man walks into a university library and finds seven books piled on a desk:
    • 1 quantum chemistry textbook
    • 2 differential equations textbooks
    • 1 book on economic indicators
    • 1 book entitled "Modern Portfolio Theory and Investment Analysis"
    • 2 books on polymer engineering (one focusing on "ESR methods")



    What was being researched here?

    Go nuts.
    Someone pitching a new industrial product. A new synthetic oil or rubber for industrial machinery.
    Now if everyone could please "Sig" something along the lines of "Gosh 2D8HP, you are so very correct (and also good looking)", I think that would be good progress.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grinner View Post
    A man walks into a university library and finds seven books piled on a desk:
    • 1 quantum chemistry textbook
    • 2 differential equations textbooks
    • 1 book on economic indicators
    • 1 book entitled "Modern Portfolio Theory and Investment Analysis"
    • 2 books on polymer engineering (one focusing on "ESR methods")



    What was being researched here?

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    Nothing was being researched here. A librarian was gathering up books that had been discarded throughout the library, put them down to go attend to some more urgent business, and has not yet returned to re-shelve them.

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    A psychologist is researching what people think when they see these books.

    An evil genius is learning how to use quantum polymers to take over the stock market.

    All the best compute-devices for predicting economies need plastic. (something something Pratchett)

    How can I replace the human brain. Hmm, I can use polymers for the brain matter, and then throw the craziest, most complicated and most random equations at the brain until it learns to cope. Bingo, brain 2.0

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    Well, the man who walks into the library is researching the stack of books, apparently, so that's what's being researched.

    All the actual researchers are off somewhere googling.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lvl 2 Expert View Post
    Well, the man who walks into the library is researching the stack of books, apparently, so that's what's being researched.

    All the actual researchers are off somewhere googling.
    Exactly. The only research described is "what books are left on the table".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lvl 2 Expert View Post
    Well, the man who walks into the library is researching the stack of books, apparently, so that's what's being researched.

    All the actual researchers are off somewhere googling.
    Quote Originally Posted by Jay R View Post
    Exactly. The only research described is "what books are left on the table".
    The question is, "what was bring researched?" Emphasis mine. It clearly denotes the research that the books were involved in, not the man who found the books.
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    Clearly, someone just binge-watched "Travelers" on Netflix...


    ... then realized they actually enjoyed differential equations, and grabbed a second book.

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    I not only know what was being researched, I know who did it:

    It was Pres.Trump's hairdresser researching hair care products.

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    Maybe it's a GM preparing a science fiction game.
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    Another possibility is that the pile was assembled by more than one person - maybe two people were sharing a table, both left at the same time temporarily (synchronized breaks for two people studying together), and they just stacked their books into one pile.

    The obvious separation here is one person using the quantum chemistry and both polymer engineering books, the other person using the two economics books, and both having a differential equations book. The first person could be doing all sorts of studying, with trying to figure out how exactly MALDI works being an obvious candidate. The second person might be building an economic model for investing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grinner View Post
    A man walks into a university library and finds seven books piled on a desk:
    • 1 quantum chemistry textbook
    • 2 differential equations textbooks
    • 1 book on economic indicators
    • 1 book entitled "Modern Portfolio Theory and Investment Analysis"
    • 2 books on polymer engineering (one focusing on "ESR methods")



    What was being researched here?

    Go nuts.
    Quantum chemistry, differential equations, economic indicators, modern portfolio theory and investment analysis, general polymer engineering, and ESR methods in particular. The riddle doesn't ask about why these things were being researched, just what they are.
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    I think the thing being investigated is this random riddle like piece of text Grinner's PM ad-libbed in a dungeon. The full text is in the first post and their is no intended solution.
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