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The Idea

I'll freely accept that some things in life are not simple. Putting a man on the moon, for example, or the Apollo 13 rescue, were—I'm sure—immensely complex feats of engineering, mathematics, computing, rocketry, and many other disciplines.

However, something you might have come across is the expression “It's not rocket science.” Launching, flying, and returning the space shuttle is rocket science and requires the application of much complex scientific and technological thought. However, most of us aren't NASA flight directors, and the things we do are definitely not rocket science. Too often, I believe we look for complex solutions when simple ones would be (a) much more appropriate, (b) much easier to find, and (c) much simpler to implement.


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