If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail. You’re probably familiar with this paraphrase of The Law of the Instrument, a common adage whose simplicity conceals the complex relationship at its core. In fact, there is an intricate dance among a problem, its solution, and the tools available to those trying …

My grandfather is a retired cotton farmer, so growing up I heard a lot about rain. I was familiar with what happened to our grass when the Texas skies withheld moisture, but it turned out, crops are equally imperiled by oversaturation. For my grandfather’s cotton plants, flooding was just as dangerous as drought. And now, …