CHAPTER 2COMPLEXITY: THE GOOD NEWS AND THE BAD NEWS

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I sometimes wonder how my grandmothers, Anita and Gussie, have held it together across nearly a century of scientific advances. Not that they started with a flat Earth perspective. Yet, time and again, across every aspect of their lives, their basic assumptions of how the natural world works and what tools and machines would allow people to accomplish in that world have been shattered.

They have seen transportation progress from carriages and the most rudimentary internal combustion engines up to the most advanced automobiles. Flight, in its infancy during their infancies, is now a routine matter on jets that cruise at previously ...

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