I read that John Nash had a very short PhD Dissertation. A mere 27 pages. See this link:


Are there other famous people with such short PhD theses? Anyone breaks this 27 page record?

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    I can't for the life of me find a reference at this point, but I remember reading that Alzheimer's thesis was 11 pages. (but, you know, different times and such) – xLeitix May 26 '15 at 7:58
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    Assuming it is a math thesis, this has been answered at mathoverflow.net/questions/54775/…. There is a reference in that question to a 9 page thesis. – StrongBad May 26 '15 at 8:00
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    I do not see how this is going to be anything but a random list of short theses with little value to anyone. – StrongBad May 26 '15 at 8:03
  • @StrongBad: I agree, asking for the shortest PhD thesis would be a way to limit the list, as only answers beating the current leader would be acceptable (and such questions do work on many Stack Exchanges), however things get problematic here as there is the another diffuse criterion of fame (unless one argues that having the shortest PhD thesis in history alone suffices to make you famous). – Wrzlprmft May 26 '15 at 9:42
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    @curious_cat no, the theses have value, what I do not see is the value of listing them. – StrongBad May 26 '15 at 9:51

Barry Mazur's thesis "On Embeddings of Spheres" runs 17 pages, as far as I can tell from the paywalled source here: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2FBF02559532

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    There is some debate about that over at MO.SE with a page count as low as 5 and as high as 30. – StrongBad May 26 '15 at 8:01

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