Doveryai, no proveryai (trust, but verify).
—OLD RUSSIAN PROVERB,MADE FAMOUS BY PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN
Experts are wonderful people to have around. I know that’s probably not what you’re expecting to read at the beginning of this chapter. But it’s true, and I mean it sincerely. Just don’t rely on them.
When solving hard problems, you’re going to come up against something you don’t know or understand. I have read some manuals in my time and found spots where I wasn’t able to make heads or tails of what I was looking at. Sometimes the science is hard enough that it’s just too far out of your training or smarts to ...