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[转载]The Illustrated Guide to a Ph.D.

已有 2255 次阅读 2014-2-28 13:40 |个人分类:生活点滴|系统分类:科研笔记|文章来源:转载


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.

You can find Matt’s Illustrated Guide hosted on his web site. This guide/reality check is published under a Creative Commons License. You can alsobuy a print version for $6.50. (The money goes to charity.) Matt offers more insights for Ph.D. students here.




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