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January 11, 2005

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Kaixuan

I am having similar experience now. Good luck for your thesis writing.

Mick

I'm on the other side of the planet going through exactly the same thing (though I'm a quantum information theorist). I've tried enforcing a ban on the "t" word around my family, friends, and office - unfortunately people don't seem take it that seriously! For a long time whenever anyone asked when I'd be done I just said "3 months", I think I started doing that 6 months ago. Anyway, at least now I know why so many PhD students that graduated before me looked like they wanted to wring my neck whenever I asked how things were going. Good luck with the thesis and the blog.

P.S. In Australia, we check out the Australian Broadcasting Corporation news site (www.abc.net.au) about 20 times a day.

Dimitri Dimitroyannis

Writing a thesis using TeX/LaTeX not only makes the product look good now, you will be able to use the same
"source" file in future hardware, not even designed today.
My thesis started on a timesharing VaX cluster at Fermilab in 1988 and finished on a NeXT cube. The source file was saved on 3.5in diskettes and re-run on a MacSE/30 and thes same source file now on a CD runs off a sleek aluminum PB G4.
Using a wordprocessor-and Zeus forgive us MSWord- for scientific/mathematical work is inelegant even crass. Read Donald Knuth to that effect.

Having exorcized my own thesis-demons almost 15 years ago, I admit, the only utility of the thesis-writing-process is to learn to apply "ass to chair". Our professional advancement depends on the amount of elegant, tight and succint writing we do. Writer's block for us is tantamount to professional suicide. Having produced a thesis, a binge-writing exercise, one understands how far the writing muscles can be worked.

Professional novel writers say that one good page a day gets you a book a year. For some good writers that one page comes after 2-3 hrs of toiling. For us scientists a stright 8-10 hrs writing day may not produce more than 3-4 good pages. Talking to colleagues, I find one of the most difficult obstacles in technical writing is the separation of "writing" from editing. We are intimidated by the polishing/editing process and paralyzed we do not even attempt the actual writing.

In a future blog installment I will expound on promise of electron laser accelerators in revolutionazing applied medical physics. This snowy and cruelly cold Boston night, I offer my warm wishes to the thesis writers.
Ta ta for now,

--Dimitri

karunaprasad

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karunaprasad

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Wim

LaTeX is indeed much better.

You know you can make slideshows, like powerpoint, with LaTeX.
http://latex-beamer.sourceforge.net/

Good luck

Caolionn

Excellent! Thanks for the tip ... but I bet it doesn't have the cool timer that powerpoint comes with (it's only redeeming factor).

Roberto Peron

I'm writing the PhD thesis on tests of general relativity with laser ranged satellites. I think that now I couldn't use other tool than LaTeX for typesetting.

I use it also for presentations. I would suggest you the TeXPower bundle, with which one could do pretty nice things!

Roberto Peron

I'm writing the PhD thesis on tests of general relativity with laser ranged satellites. I think that now I couldn't use other tool than LaTeX for typesetting.

I use it also for presentations. I would suggest you the TeXPower bundle, with which one could do pretty nice things!

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