26 March 2008 - air castle

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Kinds of Reliability

A well-made castle in the air is more stable than any foundation that can be built under it. When Newton and Leibnitz floated the calculus, they waved their hands underneath to demonstrate. The foundation was added centuries later, and some still argue for a different foundation.

That’s why a computer—software which runs on the hardware of the laws of physics—works, even though we don’t have a specification for its cpu. So it’s ironic that software itself doesn’t work.

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