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Open Discussion on The Relevance of History by Sir Alfred Pugsley, Dr. R.J. Mainstone and R.J.M. Sutherland

Why should an engineer today concern himself with the past? Why consider the dead or worry about structural forms that are now outmoded, superseded design methods, or once hallowed assumptions now discarded? Most engineers see themselves as forward-looking people, anxious to be on top of contemporary knowledge and much more interested in what is to come than in what has been left behind.