Friday, January 30, 2015

Umberto Eco on How to Write a Thesis

"In 1977, Eco published a little book for his students, How to Write a Thesis, in which he offered useful advice on all the steps involved in researching and writing a thesis—from choosing a topic to organizing a work schedule to writing the final draft. Now in its twenty-third edition in Italy and translated into seventeen languages, How to Write a Thesis has become a classic. Remarkably, this is its first, long overdue publication in English"—or so you can read on the page by MIT Press that advertises the book.

I read the book a long time ago in German. I found it interesting then. Don't know how interesting people will find it now that computers and software programs have changed the way we take notes. I did not feel that it "reads like a novel," but did not consider that as a shortcoming. As you might gather from my blog, I found Luhmann's writings on note-taking more exciting.

You will perhaps not be surprised that index cards play a large role in his inventory. Accordingly, one chapter is entitled: "The Work Plan and the Index Cards". It's expected to be published in February and the price of the paperback is $19.95.

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