Racing Crew Chief: William of Occam

Racing Crew Chief: William of Occam (1287-1347)
By Don Terrill © -

Which Modification is Best? William of Occam maybe able to help.

Occam's Razor (also Ockham's Razor or any of several other spellings), is a principle attributed to the 14th century English logician and Franciscan friar, William of Ockham that forms the basis of methodological reductionism, also called parsimony.

In its simplest form, Occam's Razor states that one should not take more assumptions than needed. When multiple explanations are available for a phenomenon, the simplest version is preferred. A charred tree on the ground could be caused by a landing alien ship or a lightning strike. According to Occam's Razor, the lightning strike is the preferred explanation as it requires the least assumptions.

If William were alive today, what advice would he give on making a race car faster?

The most obvious:
  • Lighten the car
  • Increase the power
  • Improve the aerodynamics
or maybe even more obvious:
  • Race downhill
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