Author: Spencer, Albert S
1 December 1923
First published: 1 December 1923
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Spencer, Albert S
In Mr. H. H. Clapham’s paper on the “ Education of a Structural Engineer,” published in this Journal(pp. 301-311) there is an appalling list (p. 304) of subjects which the student should master, and an equally terrifying list of things of which he should have some considerable knowledge. Of course, the student who could carry through the programme has not yet been born; but if we examine it carefully we shall find that nothing has been included that it is really desirable to omit. With the most careful pruning of syllabuses the poor student must be in grave danger of mental indigestion.
At the last - annual meeting, in acknowledging the presentation of the Medal of the Concrete Institute awarded to the writer for the paper which he read under the title of
"What is the Use of the Modufar Ratio?" which is printed in Volume XII of the Transactions of the Concrete Institute; he made a further contribution to the theory put forward in that paper. The publication of that contribution has been deferred until a favourable opportunity occurred, which is now given by the publication of the paper by Mr. Spencer and the discussion thereon, which paper that author acknowledged arose by his interest being stimulated by the former paper.
H. Kempton Dyson