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1. Having had occasion during recent years to devote considerable time to structural testing work, the writer has natarally taken some interest in the history of the subject and has prepared the following notes in the hope that they may be of interest to structural engineers generally. As a result, also, perhaps those more expert in this field, or in some aspects of it, may be encouraged to amplify or to correct this brief sketch.
THE subject I have chosen for my address is one that does not lend itself to concise definition in a title, so I am grateful for the privilege that a Presidential Address need not have any other label. I am going to ask you to consider with me some of the principles governing the relation of one science to another, using the word “relation” in its active, continuing sense-the process of relatiEg, and not the mere establishment of a relationship, which however desirable at some stage, tends to become static, and to that extent a drag on the close interweaving of the sciences which alone can ensure healthy development.
The Structurals Comforts Fund was established in 1940 to supply such comforts as it was possible to obtain to our serving members, so that they might be reminded that their colleagues in the Institution have them constantly in their thoughts.