Nature Special Issue on the Future of the PhD
April 26, 2011 6:34 AM Subscribe
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Mark Taylor. Reform the PhD system or close it down
. Nature 472
, 261 (2011)
There has been considerable criticism
of Prof. Taylor's proposals
for reforming academia, especially that his opinions are based in his experience in the humanities and simply don't apply to the sciences.
In Nature 472
, you'll find a posse of similarly themed articles aimed towards the sciences : Fix the PhD
, The PhD factory
, Rethinking PhDs
, and What is a PhD really worth?
Don't be too bemused by the venue either. There have been several recent science blogs asking : Are biology
If you prefer physicists, we may go back a little further to David Goodstein's The Big Crunch
(1994), which argues that Malthus' theories apply cleanly to academia, or Jonathan Katz's Don't Become a Scientist!
(1999), or even :
"Science is a wonderful thing if one does not have to earn one's living at it." -- Albert Einstein (via
In the same vein, there is a retort
over at Partial Objects to the stereotypical
on STEM education made by President Obama at the recent town hall even at Facebook's headquarters.