14 Test the Extremes to Discover More Solutions

Nick deWolf, cofounder of Teradyne, had many informal rules for doing good engineering.One such rule was: "To select a component, size a product, architect a system or plan a new company, first test the extremes and then have the courage to resist what is popular and the wisdom to choose what is best". Similar important benefits occur in the sciences:Einstein developed the Theory of Relativity by thinking what happened at extreme speeds, when matter traveled near the speed of light. Other physicists performed thought experiments about what would happen at the limits of very small sizes and energies and discovered the laws of quantum mechanics. G2G2

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