By jgw - 07/04/2017 00:00

Today, I was certain that over the six years of struggling through my Ph.D., I had culminated in one truly original idea. Until I saw it published in another thesis, from 1953. FML
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"There is no such thing as a new idea." - Mark Twain

"There's nothing new under the sun." Just hope the plagiarism checker doesn't go all the way back to 1953!

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Well, if it means anything, alot changed from then

"There is no such thing as a new idea." - Mark Twain

"There's nothing new under the sun." Just hope the plagiarism checker doesn't go all the way back to 1953!

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Most ideas are expansions built upon previous ideas. Just because your idea was thought of before does not diminish your own efforts. Improvements, expanding concepts and/or applications is the progress of human achievement. Keep it up.

On imgur things get reposted within an hour. So, you might be OK.

Honestly, I've only done a master's degree. I know doctorates are on a whole new level of difficulty, but even with my master's thesis, I needed to read or at least be aware of virtually every single argument in my topic. Didn't you do your comprehensives or relevant coursework?

Side note, that sucks and I hope you can find a different spin on your research. I had to do that with mine about a quarter through research.