When you think you know it all…

Hi guys,

So I stumbled upon this little illustration and thought I’d share it with you.


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.

Where do you fit in?


“The Illustrated Guide to a PhD”


Originally created by Matt Might

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2 Responses to “When you think you know it all…”

  1. Dave Ng

    This is a pretty cool way of visualizing the harsh reality of research. Funny thing is, when you’re involved in that process of making that little blip, it’s pretty awesome.

  2. Vinci Au

    Sweet! What a great illustration. Puts things into perspective.

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