For the past five years international journal, Science, has been conducting ‘Dance Your Phd’ contest for researchers across the world to see which scientists can best explain their research work through interpretive dance.
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I spent every night until four in the morning on my dissertation, until I came to the point when I could not write another word, not even the next letter. I went to bed. Eight o’clock the next morning I was up writing again.” -Abraham Pais, physicist
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To help aspiring graduates, Björn Gustavii has published a book (Cambridge U Press) designed to offer practical guidance and advice. His book is designed for those following both what he calls the ‘Scandinavian’ model, in which an overall summary is followed by research papers bound in a single volume and the ‘sandwich’ model, in which published research papers appear as chapters between a general introduction and a general discussion.
How many pages should it be? How long are other people's theses? Short answer: it varies. And by more than you may realize.