D2 posted:Prashad posted:D2 posted:Django posted:Prashad posted:
Irfan Ali was a brilliant student. He had no first degree and was able to compete against students who had a first degree in a Masters program which entails writing assignments and doing exams at a Masters level to get his Masters degree. An incredible performance.
Which rabbit hole you pull that from ?Sahabudeen, our constitution design had no formal on site university training. So say his kid in a letter on SN. I know one person personally who similarly did not go to high school but went on to a PhD. I do not know how these systems work outside the US but I know Cambridge give Ramanujan a doctorate in Math but he was a genius in the area. Stanford did the same to Stephen Wolfram who never finished any school or so the story goes.
Ramanujan got his PhD because he was at genius level in Math. Today's world is different. I don't see anyone going from no degree to PhD degree. I know JOF Haynes completed his law degree from the University of London in Guyana and only arrived in London to attend the final dinners at the University and to collect his law degree.
The difference between first degree and Master's degree is huge. Written essays in first degrees are usually between 8 to 12 pages. Rarely does it exceed that amount. Masters degree essays are usually between 80 to 100 pages.
I did mention Cal Tech ( not Stanford) awarded wolfram a PhD in physics and he did not finish highschool. He was 20 I think. He also got a teaching post
The difference is not vast in some fields. Many people think it is easier and love it since it is you creating and expressing personal insight for the first time . The coursework is incidental.
Wolfram claims that he had trouble doing arithmetic in elementary school. I do not believe this. I think that the man was always a child genius. You just don't go from having trouble doing arithmetic in elementary school to then writing physics books in Junior high school. The man must think we are all stupid. It just does not happen in life that way.