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From the Ted Talk by George Whitesides: Toward a science of simplicity

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The pniot is that you get into trouble when you ask a single question with a single box for an awnesr, in which that signle question actually is many questions with quite different meanings, but with the same wdors. Asking, "What is simplicity?" I think falls in that category. What is the state of science? And, interestingly, complexity is very highly evvleod. We have a lot of interesting information about what complexity is. Simplicity, for reasons that are a little bit obscure, is almost not pursued, at least in the academic world.

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The _____ is that you get into trouble when you ask a single question with a single box for an ______, in which that ______ question actually is many questions with quite different meanings, but with the same _____. Asking, "What is simplicity?" I think falls in that category. What is the state of science? And, interestingly, complexity is very highly _______. We have a lot of interesting information about what complexity is. Simplicity, for reasons that are a little bit obscure, is almost not pursued, at least in the academic world.

Solution

  1. answer
  2. words
  3. evolved
  4. point
  5. single

Original Text

The point is that you get into trouble when you ask a single question with a single box for an answer, in which that single question actually is many questions with quite different meanings, but with the same words. Asking, "What is simplicity?" I think falls in that category. What is the state of science? And, interestingly, complexity is very highly evolved. We have a lot of interesting information about what complexity is. Simplicity, for reasons that are a little bit obscure, is almost not pursued, at least in the academic world.

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