First principles thinking is a problem-solving approach that has been passed down through millennia. This approach, unlike other methods of problem solving that emphasize on thinking by analogy or by continuing the work of others, requires the problem-solver to question everything he or she knows about the problem at hand and start searching for solutions from scratch.
It compels one to break down a complex problem to the fundamental parts that you know are true and building up from there thus enabling one to think outside the box and find a quick way to a solution.
As Aristotle said, “Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom”, first principles are the stepping stones to that knowledge.
Do you think that the concept of first principles which was born centuries ago is still practiced today? When did it originate? Who all can use it? Read the module to find answers to such interesting questions.