By Charles Bailey – Original post found at: http://www.firerescue1.com/fire-attack/articles/1313060-Burning-buildings-Why-fire-science-matters/
I was reading J. Malcolm Bird’s Einstein’s Theories of Relativity and Gravitation last night before bed. As strange as it may seem, his discussion made me think of the fire service. It is an illness I hope to overcome someday.
To borrow from a sign alleged to have hung in professor Einstein’s office, “Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts.”
There is the concrete and the theoretical. There is the knowledge I have acquired stretching hoses down burning corridors and there is research.
What I saw in those hallways both forms my knowledge base and limits my knowledge base. It is so easy to project from a finite experience to the universe how fires should be fought. The thinking goes, because something happened here at this time, it will happen everywhere, every time.
But this is as dangerous as it is easy. My experience has limitations.