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Creator Jorge Cham know the graduate world well enough to make fun of everything and everyone in it... but also reminds us of the reasons why grad students chose to study their fields in the first place (Praise for Piled Higher and Deeper) --washingtonpost.com

Hilarious (Praise for Piled Higher and Deeper) --The Chronicle of Higher Education chronicle.com

Cham's following in the scientific world are enough to make even the most distinguished professor green with envy... Supervisors interested in learning what's on their students' mind might find PHD an illuminating place to start. --Science Magazine

About the Author

Jorge Cham obtained his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University, where he created the popular comic strip Piled Higher and Deeper (PHD). He subsequently worked as an Instructor and Research Associate at Caltech. His work has appeared or been featured in the Chronicle of Higher Education, the Times Higher Education Supplement, the journal Nature, Science Magazine and in the USATODAY and Washington Post's websites. The PHD website currently receives over 4.4 million visitors per year, from over 1000 universities worldwide.
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Product Details

  • Series: Piled Higher & Deeper
  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Piled Higher & Deeper Pub; 1 edition (March 23, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0972169547
  • ISBN-13: 978-0972169547
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 9 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #341,748 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By G. Sarria on April 9, 2009
Format: Paperback
If you enjoyed the previous books don't hesitate in buying it, this is better.

I just read this book and I may say this is the best of the four books not only because of the quality (it is full colored and the kind of paper is better) but because of better jokes: Mike looking for a real job, Cecilia and her T.A. section, the eternal life in the lab (there is this remarkable joke about The Lab Hierarchy which, in my opinion, is the closest to reality of the book) and Tajel with a surprising romance.

This book also includes a game to play Bingo in an Academic Seminar, a very original idea for enjoying with your research group in some workshop you don't like.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on July 24, 2009
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I have the whole collection, and read it online at least once a week. It's scary because it's such a true depiction of grad school, life in research lab, and academia in general. Read them all and you'll see the progression in style. Cheap and a good laugh. Do not show to your grad students...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Xiaoge Su on May 18, 2009
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If you are a grad student, you definitely should read this book. It is all about your life in an humor style. You will love it. I strongly recommmend this book to all new grads, as an introduction for their future lives.
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I discovered Piled Higher and Deeper and recognized that, behind the humor, very little (other than the technology) had changed since my own days in graduate school more years ago than I will admit to in public. I'm hooked on the strip and even my son (who is now 13-1/2) has been hooked on it since he was 10. I hope that this doesn't discourage him from pursuing a graduate education.

This collection picks up where the last one left off, with Mike Slackenerny a brand new Ph.D. and overqualified for any job other than working as a postdoctoral research associate and ending with Tajel's wedding. It has the added benefit of being printed in color (at last!)

The strip is intelligent, funny and an accurate comical take on what it means to spend what may be the prime of your life still in school. You can laugh and cry at the same time.
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This collection is great. Just as the precedent "PhD: The comic" books, it is actually a collection of the strips published on thousands of college newspapers around the world, but it is great. Also, this one center a little less on the engineers and pure scientists, and makes fun of some other social sciences too. A fun read... VERY FUNNY!
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Jorge Cham has really captured the essence of the graduate student and his/her graduate school experience. Every grad student should read his series of comic books; it'll help alleviate the hardship and isolation of their grad school experience!
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