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Humanist Archives: Nov. 29, 2019, 6:17 a.m. Humanist 33.444 - going wrong, getting it right

                  Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 33, No. 444.
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        Date: 2019-11-29 06:13:56+00:00
        From: C. M. Sperberg-McQueen 
        Subject: Re: [Humanist] 33.433: going wrong? getting it right?

> On 23,Nov2019, at 1:25 AM, Humanist  wrote:
> .... Of course one
> might say that by computing anything, one goes wrong, in that modelling
> always simplifies and digitising renders discrete that which isn't to
> us otherwise.

One might.  But I wonder about the connection you implicitly
draw between simplifying and going wrong.  You seem to be
suggesting that the one entails the other; do you really think so?
(If so, why? If not, why speak as if you did?)

> Recommendations of readings on the topic of error would be welcome.

Several of my acquaintances have like me found Henry Petroski’s book To
Engineer Is Human: The Role of Failure in Successful Design
(1985) accessible and interesting even for readers with no background
in engineering; he returns to the them of error or failure in several
of his later books as well.


C. M. Sperberg-McQueen
Black Mesa Technologies LLC

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