Definition of Simplicity

“Lack of Nuance”

Source of Complexity

Problems have a number of degrees of freedom - dimensions.

Our reality appears to have 4 dimensions (4D) - x,y,z,t.

Trying to squeeze more than one dimension into a single notation results in what we perceive as complexity.

Flattening 4D (reality) down to 2D (pen and paper) results in “complexity” - some things become merely harder to express. We need more than one 2D notation to express 4D concepts, each in a seemingly “simple” way.

Complexity Is In The Eye Of The Beholder

Nothing is “complex”.

The use of a mis-fitting notation might make a problem appear more complex, but does not change the underlying nature of the problem.

See Also

Complexity vs Simplicity
Complexity, Causing Complexity
Common Lisp Complexities
Simplicity vs Complexity
Complexity II
Getting to Simple

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