The 'stress test' is a part of our cultural lexicon, whether it's for banks or the human heart, and the concept is elegant: take a machine to its limits, and when you find the cracks shore them up.
But on cue, scientific reality intervenes. It's tough to imagine a more tangled web than the literature that comprises the foundation for modern stress testing. Indeed some of the world's foremost experts repeatedly disagree—with themselves. This dive is a century deep, but all it took was a moment of clarity.
Join us on another journey to the center of the data.