Matthew Might, a computer science professor at the University of Utah, 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 it goes. Matt’s Illustrated Guide:
Imagine a circle that contains all of human knowledge:
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 also buy a print version for $6.50 (the money goes to charity). Matt offers more insights for Ph.D. students here.