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The Factor of Sanity in Modern Building

EVERY engineer, and every architect knows the value of the factor of safety in modern building. It is the wise precaution the constructive mind takes against the failure of matter in fulfilling its purpose. It may be only an approximation. Safety is so important that no one dare stress his material to its ultimate limit. Some factor of safety is an undisputed truth to the rational mind. There is another factor that is at least of equal importance. We have many vague notions about it; many fallacies; much discussion; but no fundamental and obvious truth that is self-evident to the rational mind. James O'Hanlon Hughes

Author(s): Hughes, James O'Hanlon

Keywords: safety factors;philosophy