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lblw

why do people like that agree to be your advisor then? what’s the point? if you do nothing, why do you even agree to advise students?

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jfdt

why do people like that agree to be your advisor then? what’s the point? if you do nothing, why do you even agree to advise students?

If we made a thread about people refusing students you would get the dual response and someone asking why so and so wouldn’t take students.

All sorts of reasons. They don’t realize they are useless, the department pressures them, they haven’t tried yet and think they will be good advisors, who knows why people do things?

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brnc

PH's recent tweets show that the opposite is true too. She does not even appear to have read the dissertation that her advisor wrote for her.

Have the tweets progressed beyond the famous one about finite fields?

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kfjp

No. I was an afterthought, so in my thesis acknowledgement I just list advisor as an afterthought. No distinguished thanks for advisor. I doubt he even notice

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sszy

the worst thing is that I will have to acknowledge him and invent something to thank him because he literally did not do a single thing

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hpgc

Dudes, just move on. It seems like a big deal now, but the sooner you refocus on doing important work and let go the happier you will be.

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ohhg

Mine couldn’t even remember what I had proven.

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brnc

When a visitor asked the location of the IHES library, Grothendieck responded, "here we do not read books, we write them".

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btxd

My adviser has a reputation for reading what his students write to a pathological degree. All his current students complain about the degree of oversight and the amount of thought he puts into the placement of a comma.

On the other hand, his former students universally agree that the process of dealing with idiosyncratic feedback has invariably made them better writers. Mathematics would benefit greatly if there were more advisers like mine.

hi AMM?

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niki

hi AMM?

let's all notice that brnc has been posting on this thread since the beginning?

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tpxb

this post is glorious.

When a visitor asked the location of the IHES library, Grothendieck responded, "here we do not read books, we write them".

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vxrt

That's what top-tier scientists ACTUALLY do. They just read what is necessary, don't scout literature wasting time on incremental advances.

this post is glorious.

When a visitor asked the location of the IHES library, Grothendieck responded, "here we do not read books, we write them".

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hmyj

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ohqu

Let me guess, you’re an undergraduate.

Only idiots celebrate ignorance. Most of the genuinely great mathematicians I know have a tremendous command of the literature.

That's what top-tier scientists ACTUALLY do. They just read what is necessary, don't scout literature wasting time on incremental advances.

this post is glorious.

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tdtc

I’m 100% sure mine doesn’t.

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syqi

Maybe one reason I can think of: at my institution if you have more than a certain number of students, you get reduced teaching.

why do people like that agree to be your advisor then? what’s the point? if you do nothing, why do you even agree to advise students?

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