Sunday, November 22, 2009

The Nighty News: Hickman Math

I finally picked up a copy of Jonathan Hickman's The Nightly News a few weeks ago, and actually got around to reading it yesterday. I became a Hickman fan when Pax Romana came out, and that is still my favorite work of his, but The Nightly News was excellent.

Anyway, in issue 3 there is a bit where Hickman presents this formula for calculating if you're college degree was worth it or not. I was intrigued. I set down the book and busted out my calculator to see if his equation matched my own feelings. Here is the excerpt from issue 3 (click to enlarge):


I put in numbers that are fairly pessimistic, meaning they would give me the lowest possible EDU. I ended up with EDU=3.06, which I think is pretty damned good. For those that don't know or remember, I have a PhD in Aerospace Science and am very happily employed as a research physicist for the Army.

Post your number in the comments if you dare!

Bonus pic: Me reading The Nightly News with two of my babies.

1 comment:

Talia said...

Mine was about 3.5. Apparently I don't hate my job enough to make my degree worthless. I'll have to try harder.