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"Theory of Everything--FM Style "
Author: Brooks, Robert G.
Published In: Facilities Manager
Date: September/October 2003

Referencing Stephen Hawking's new book, The Earth in a Nutshell, likens the physicist's search for one theory to explain all physical forces and reactions to the facilities manager's quest for the one life-cycle model that will cover an institution's 200-year-old buildings, as well as those constructed six months ago. Compares the engineers' concept of deterioration with the bookkeepers' concept of depreciation. Concludes that while these concepts have some elements in common, their basic difference is the crux of many facilities management woes.

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