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From the earliest times wise men have said there is nothing new under the sun. This statement may seem an exaggeration when applied to human conceptions, yet a study of some of the innovations shows that in many cases the main idea which guided the inventor had already been considered by one or other of his predecessors whose researches had failed to reach completion through lack of materials or other circumstances. We contemplate the history of inventions in a spirit of humility, mingled with pity for the lost efforts of so many would-be inventors.
Mr M. D. Japes (Director of Engineering, British Waterways Board): Bearing in mind that the design and construction techniques were so innovative, if it was required to repeat the construction, are there any aspects that Mr Simpson would now change, either in the design or in the construction techniques?
Dr. R. A. Swann (Cement and Concrete Association, Research and Development Division): ‘I would like to describe briefly the two models which Mr. Lee has referred to.'