Bill Bainbridge's question on Pascal's Mugging
So how are engineering problems (in structural work) supposed to be reliable in a universe that has so much variability? By creating boundaries to assumed conditions, then implementing what is known as a Safety Factor (or Design Factor) to prevent those heretofore unknown or unobserved conditions from "wrecking the galloping gurdy". It's not perfect, as it does come with some extra up-front cost, but it is absolutely better than nothing. Most buildings that were built before engineering became as well studied as it is now - fell down or burned...and killed lots of people. We paid that cost (of investment in science and improved techniques and materials), and things improved. Clearly foresight was the less expensive option in the long run. No mugging required, honest.
|Asked by:||Bill Bainbridge
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