Tuesday, August 17, 2010

The illustrated guide to a PhD

Here's how Prof. Matt Might (University of Utah) explains to fresh PhD students what a PhD is:

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.

Taken from http://matt.might.net/articles/phd-school-in-pictures/ - licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.5 License.

2 comments:

  1. This is true, but remember you couldn't increase the human knowledge with this dent 1 paper before your PhD. You might reach it but not increase it.

    Keep pushing :)

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