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The Design of Design: Essays from a Computer Scientist by Jr. - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Frederick P. Brooks

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14. How Expert Designers Go Wrong

Collapse of the aerodynamically misdesigned Tacoma Narrows BridgeAP Wide World Photos

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I beseech you, in the bowels of Christ, think it possible you may be mistaken.

OLIVER CROMWELL [1650]

But when I make a mistake, it is a beaut!

FIORELLO LA GUARDIA

The besetting mistake of expert designers is not designing the thing wrong, but designing the wrong thing.

Mistakes

In any field, the amateur makes lots of little mistakes that a professional would never make. Training, internship, and practice have drilled the professional on good technique.

Professionals, when they goof, do it in a big way—making bridges that collapse ...

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