What has been the shortest PhD dissertation in terms of total pages?

What has been the shortest PhD dissertation in terms of total pages? by Craig Anderson

Answer by Craig Anderson:

Ever seen the film A Beautiful Mind?

The mathematician that film was based on, John Nash, has one of the shortest PhD dissertations ever published: ‘Non-Cooperative Games’.

It has a grand total of 26 pages, and only cites two references.

That thesis went on to found the basis for his paper on the development of game theory, for which he won the 1994 Nobel Prize in Economics.

You can read the full dissertation online here.


The world was tragically robbed of John in May last year in a car accident, alongside his wife.

What has been the shortest PhD dissertation in terms of total pages?

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