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Great Engineers - 5: Sir John Fowler (cont.d)

THE last article of this series contained a discussion concerning the asthetic aspect of the Forth Bridge. It seemed necessary to analyse its formal quality as this particular element in its composition had not previously been given the attention it deserves, the usual assumption being that if the function of a work of engineering and its method of construction be once understood, its formal characteristics will have been grasped by the same intellectual process. Having attempted to do justice to the beauty of the Forth Bridge, it remains for me to describe its merits as a work of engineering. And afterwards must follow a brief account of the remarkable man who designed it. In comparison with the Forth Bridge his other engineering achievements seem necessarily somewhat dwarfed, but it will be found that these also bear witness to constructive gifts of a high order. A. Trystan Edwards