It can scarcely be denied that the supreme goal of all theory is to make the irreducible basic elements as simple and as few as possible without having to
surrender the adequate representation of a single datum of experience.
- ALBERT EINSTEIN
To become wise you've got to have models in your head. And you've got to array your experience—both vicarious and direct-on this latticework of models.
We live in an age of abundant information. A century and a half ago, knowing information brought great economic and social status. Jane Austen's Emma asks if Frank Churchill is "a young man of information.” Today she would not care.