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“The Illustrated Guide to a Ph.D.”

This was created by Matt Might, a computer science professor at the University of Utah. We contacted him, and he gave us permission to post it here.

As an intro, Matt writes:

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.

Here is “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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