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CHAPTER 6

Don’t Rely on Experts

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 ...

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