It’s Harder Than Rocket Science and Brain Surgery


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I was listening to “Marketplace” on National Public Radio several years ago. It must have been a slow day for business news because they had this story about the most difficult job in the world. They started the story by saying that the news crew was confronted with this really, really difficult problem. They said to each other, “We ought to be able to figure this out because after all it’s not brain surgery.”

Then they started talking and began to wonder what the brain surgeons say when they run into a really difficult problem.

The idea for a news story was born.

They called up John Hopkins Hospital, Department of Neurosurgery and got a brain surgeon on the line. They asked, “When you’re in the operating room and you run into a really difficult problem when you’re operating inside someone’s brain, what do you say to each other: ‘We should be able to do this it’s not as hard as…’ ” The brain surgeon replied, “We would most probably say, ‘We should be able to do this, it’s not as hard as rocket science.’ ”

Like any good journalists tracking a story they followed up on the brain surgeon’s tip and called the Houston Jet Propulsion Laboratory and asked to speak to a rocket scientist. They got a nuclear engineer (the scientific name for a rocket scientist) on the line and asked him, “When you’re designing one of these rockets and you hit a really difficult technical problem, what do you say to each other? ‘We should be able to do this. it’s not are hard as…’ ” He thought for a minute and responded, “We would most probably say,



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Written By David Blumenkrantz Ph.D. M.Ed.

It’s Harder Than Rocket Science and Brain Surgery was originally published @ Rope and has been syndicated with permission.


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