Peter Zilahy Ingerman, PhD, FBCS - Consultants
We specialize in Computer, Human, and Systems Symbiosis
... making all of the parts work together simply and smoothly for the benefit of all the parts!
Learning Simplified With a Coat Rack!
Many years ago a story by Theodore Sturgeon introduced me to the concept of a "coatrack" ... a place to hang things in an orderly manner.
In Sturgeon's story, an alien faced with a long and tedious description of the four-cycle internal combustion engine (do YOU remember the Carnot Cycle, and Adiabatic Expansion?) reduced it to a simple "coatrack" ... "suck, squeeze, pop, phooey".
Think about it ... anything you learn about the four-cycle engine has a place to hang on that set of four concepts!
It's a useful technique. I found myself in the position of having to take a course in accounting, a subject about which I knew nothing. Yes, there was a textbook, and many exercises ... but I aced the examination by remembering three simple rules:
1. You increase cash by debiting it;
2. Debits must equal credits;
3. Debits go on the left.
Once again, a nice coatrack, and it worked.