At the beginning of each new academic year, Matt Might explains to a fresh batch of Ph.D. students what a Ph.D. is. It's hard to describe in words. So he uses pictures.
Imagine a circle that contains all of human knowledge:
By the time you finish primary or 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 speciality:
A Master's degree deepens that speciality:
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:
By Matt Might.
The Illustrated Guide to a Ph.D
Thanks to Flatattack.