Illustrated guide  to a  Ph.D . http://matt.might.net/articles/phd-school-in-pictures/
Every fall, I explain to a fresh batch of Ph.D. students what a Ph.D. is. It's hard to describe it in words. So, I use pic...
Imagine a circle that contains all of human knowledge:
By the time you finish elementary school,  you know a little:
By the time you finish high school, you know a bit more:
With a bachelor's  degree, you gain  a specialty:
A master's degree deepens that specialty:
Reading research papers takes you to the edge of human knowledge:
Once you're at the boundary, you focus:
You push at the boundary  for a few years:
Until one day,  the boundary gives way:
And, that dent you've  made is called a Ph.D.:
Of course, the world looks  different to you now:
So, don't forget the bigger picture:
Keep pushing. http://matt.might.net/articles/phd-school-in-pictures/
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Guide to a Ph D

  1. 1. Illustrated guide to a Ph.D . http://matt.might.net/articles/phd-school-in-pictures/
  2. 2. Every fall, I explain to a fresh batch of Ph.D. students what a Ph.D. is. It's hard to describe it in words. So, I use pictures. Read below for the illustrated guide to a Ph.D.
  3. 3. Imagine a circle that contains all of human knowledge:
  4. 4. By the time you finish elementary school, you know a little:
  5. 5. By the time you finish high school, you know a bit more:
  6. 6. With a bachelor's degree, you gain a specialty:
  7. 7. A master's degree deepens that specialty:
  8. 8. Reading research papers takes you to the edge of human knowledge:
  9. 9. Once you're at the boundary, you focus:
  10. 10. You push at the boundary for a few years:
  11. 11. Until one day, the boundary gives way:
  12. 12. And, that dent you've made is called a Ph.D.:
  13. 13. Of course, the world looks different to you now:
  14. 14. So, don't forget the bigger picture:
  15. 15. Keep pushing. http://matt.might.net/articles/phd-school-in-pictures/

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