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Welcome to Thesisland

22 Jul 2014, 17:13 UTC
Welcome to Thesisland
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When I joined Quantum Diaries, I did so with trepidation: while it was an exciting opportunity, I was worried that all I could write about was the process of writing a thesis and looking for postdoc jobs. I ended up telling the site admin exactly that: I only had time to work on a thesis and job hunt. I thought I was turning down the offer. But the reply I got was along the lines of “It’s great to know what topics you’ll write about! When can we expect a post?”. So, despite the fact that this is a very different topic from any recent QD posts, I’m starting a series about the process of writing a physics PhD thesis. Welcome.
The main thesis editing desk: laptop, external monitor keyboard mouse; coffee, water; notes; and lots of encouragement.
There are as many approaches to writing a PhD thesis as there are PhDs, but they can be broadly described along a spectrum.
On one end is the “constant documentation” approach: spend some fixed fraction of your time on documenting every project you work on. In this approach, the writing phase is completely integrated with the research work, and it’s easy to ...

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