July 1999

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HPIn SHE: 'Lies for children'

The expression "lies for children" is sometimes used to refer to the simplified ideas that are introduced early in the student's development, paving the way for more sophisticated ideas, which will be..

Whetton, Chris, ility Engineering

The expression "lies for children" is sometimes used to refer to the simplified ideas that are introduced early in the student's development, paving the way for more sophisticated ideas, which will be introduced later. "Children" – in this context – is a relative term and it refers to the student's "age" with respect to a particular subject, rather than to chronological age. Naturally, subjects as complex as reliability and safety engineering must involve many "lies for children." Unfortunately, few students of these subjects reach adolescence, let alone adulthood, and the "lies for children" persist as received truth. This can have serious consequences. Failure rate data

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