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August 13, 2010

The illustrated guide to a Ph.D.

Imagine a circle that contains all of human knowledge:

PhDKnowledge.001

By the time you finish elementary school, you know a little:

PhDKnowledge.002

By the time you finish high school, you know a bit more:

PhDKnowledge.003

With a bachelor's degree, you gain a specialty:

PhDKnowledge.004

A master's degree deepens that specialty:

PhDKnowledge.005

Reading research papers takes you to the edge of human knowledge:

PhDKnowledge.006

Once you're at the boundary, you focus:

PhDKnowledge.007

You push at the boundary for a few years:

PhDKnowledge.008

Until one day, the boundary gives way:

PhDKnowledge.009

And, that dent you've made is called Ph.D.:

PhDKnowledge.010

Of course, the world looks different to you now:

PhDKnowledge.011

So, don't forget the bigger picture:

PhDKnowledge.012

Keep pushing.

By Matt Might.

[via Milena]

August 13, 2010 at 04:01 PM | Permalink


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If you can rotate your knowledge, you'll get bigger tips.

Posted by: Rocketboy | Aug 15, 2010 1:13:15 AM

Piled Higher and Deeper......

Posted by: 6.02*10^23 | Aug 15, 2010 12:13:01 AM

I think my point goes inward to the singularity.

Posted by: Joe Peach | Aug 13, 2010 4:34:55 PM

I take your point.

Posted by: bookofjoe | Aug 13, 2010 4:26:08 PM

::stony silence::

Posted by: thelizabeff | Aug 13, 2010 4:20:17 PM

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