3. Principles

There are many fields of problem analysis, and one could spend years studying any one of them. But within each there is a small number of simple fundamental principles that can be very powerful tools once understood.

With a grasp of these principles one can look at problems, and in fact the world in general, with a new understanding. Many situations that at first appear complicated can be explained as a combination of a few simple principles.

There is no major significance to the order of the following pages, and many of them might at first seem irrelevant. But you might be surprised when you find yourself, months or years from now, suddenly seeing and understanding something that you wouldn't have otherwise noticed.