I have searched for some time for the "insider scoop" on how academics operate when it comes to mathematical research (theoretical physics research would also be interesting, but mostly interested about math research).
I read "Letters to a young mathematician" which was a nice book but didn't talk much about the research process.
If I google "Research process", or "How is research done", I mainly get recommendations of steps of how to do independent research.
These step include brainstorming, choosing a research subject and looking through background information and articles.
But how are these done in an academic setting and in a group setting?
I understand usually while doing a PhD you would have an advisor which would help you with these things but you would mostly do them independently.
But I mean people who are employed as mathematics professors at a university, how do they go about it?
Do they do just this independent process? Do they cooperate together on the same research?
Mostly what is interesting to me is how a group of people can research something together, and if this is even attempted.