Since I was a kid I have loved Nova. It appeals to the pocket protector part of my personality. Last night I watched an episode on Hulu (why yes, I do get my TV through the internets; ask me how) where a team of scientists tried to figure out how the ancient Egyptians raised obelisks that were carved from a single piece of granite, were up to 100 feet tall, and weighed up to 500 tons.
There were two schools of thought: one simple, one complex. The complex relied on timber frames, hundreds of feet of rope, intricate knots, more than a hundred laborers, and trigonometry. The simple relied on about a dozen people, some rope, a pile of sand, a few simple calculations, and patience.
The complex project was a frustrating, demoralizing failure.
The simple project worked. Beautifully.