February 3, 2009

Rocket Scientists are Smart...and Blameless

Here. The article has much to agree with, but I am uneasy with wording like this:
So if it is the physicists who are to blame, how do we explain the fact that large and not-so-large crashes have been appearing with frequencies that are approximately time-independent?
Just because no single component of a system is exclusively responsible for a systemic failure does not mean that every component is blameless.

And all the children sing:
"Once the rockets are up, who cares where they come down
That's not my department," says Wernher von Braun.
(Tom Lehrer, understandably, perhaps is too harsh on von Braun--but not off target.)

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