Celebrated fourteenth-century philosopher theologian William of Ockham held that the simpler or simplest of two or more conflicting theories - namely the one requiring the fewest assumptions to be made - must always prevail and be preferred. He applied this principle so rigorously and with such fervour that it came to be known as ‘Occam's Razor’.
' ...Oliver Prescott Markham had been proud of his dense thatch of unfashionably long silver-grey hair. There was little of it left. The back of his skull had disintegrated. Blood and fragments of bone were spattered over the rich green turf, darkening and congealing in a late autumn sun ... '
The assassination of prominent political guru and presidential advisor Oliver Markham triggers worldwide speculation as to perpetrators and motives. A team of maverick professionals is retained by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency to contribute to the investigation into Markham's death. They come up virtually empty-handed until they begin to suspect that some things may be infinitely less complicated than they at first appear…ed.
As William of Ockham had always maintained:
KEEP IT SIMPLE!
Published: 8 December 2011
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