Engineering is a highly technical field, but it makes use of exceedingly useful & straightforward ideas.
-Links for the Curious-
“How To Accept Over-Engineering For What It Really Is” (Fagner Brack, 2016) – hackernoon.com/how-to-accept-over-engineering-for-what-it-really-is-6fca9a919263
Summary of the ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) philosophy on engineering tolerances – en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geometric_dimensioning_and_tolerancing#Dimensioning_and_tolerancing_philosophy
A good explanation of Graceful Degradation (aka failing gracefully) vs. Fault Tolerence (aka robustness) – www.sparkfun.com/news/1674
Boeing 777 Wing Flex Test – www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ai2HmvAXcU0
A bigger tank (the Landkreuzer P.1000 Ratte) – i.pinimg.com/originals/62/3f/0a/623f0a84c8c844dc9df8f017f3ff7a95.jpg