Success and Failure

In experiments, fallibilism on 18/10/2011 at 2:28 pm

Things that succeed teach us little beyond the fact that they have been successful; things that fail provide incontrovertible evidence that the limits of design have been exceeded. Emulating success risks failure; studying failure increases our chances of success. The simple principle that is seldom explicitly stated is that the most successful designs are based on the best and most complete assumptions about failure. (Henry Petroski, Success Through Failure)


  1. The Wall Street Journal
    * OCTOBER 28, 2011

    “The Art of Failing Successfully

    “Success requires failure, says Jonah Lehrer—but failure alone is not enough. We need to learn how to fail better.”


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