Thursday, November 5, 2009

Replication Advice

"John Roebling, master of the suspension bridge,looked not to successful examples of the state of the art but to historical failures for his education and guidance."

Henry Petroski, Success through Failure: the paradox of design

"Things work because they work in a particular configuration, a a particular scale, and in a particular context and culture. Trying to reverse engineer and cannibalize a successful system sacrifices the synergy of success and the success of synergy."

"Given the faults of human nature, coupled with the complexity of the design of everything, from lectures to bridges, it behooves us to beware of the lure of success and to listen to the lessons of failure."

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