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A perfect mess - the hidden benefits of disorder

This is an interesting book from an information architect's point of view. The authors take the stand that there are costs associated with order and sometimes these costs outweigh the perceived benefits. More interestingly the authors list out the benefits of disorder: flexibility, completeness, resonance, invention, efficiency and robustness. They provide many examples of each benefit from Arnold Schwarzenegger's impromptu work habits to Alexander Fleming's bacteriological lab where he accidentally discovered penicillin. I haven't finished the book yet, but it's proving to be an interesting read.

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