What is not well known about the West Gate Bridge collapse in Melbourne, Australia in 1970 was that it was only one of a string of similar bridge failures that happened around the world.
The failures highlighted that the engineering profession’s understanding of these bridge types was clearly lacking. In Melbourne the profession paid the ultimate price: 35 fatalities.
What can heart attack diagnosis tell us about engineering failures?
Perhaps not much directly, but it does provide fascinating insight into whether or not more information really leads to better decision making.
This episode examines the story of the system developed at Cook County Hospital in Chicago to diagnose if someone was at risk of having a heart attack. It shows that in some cases less (information) really is more.
For a detailed description of Cook County Hospital and their heart attack diagnosis system refer to Chapter 4 of Malcolm Gladwell's excellent Blink.