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The illustrated guide to a Ph.D.

Thursday 19 August 2010 @ 2:07 pm

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.


Imagine a circle that contains all of human knowledge:

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

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The illustrated guide to a Ph.D.