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Professor B. P. Hughes (F) (University of Birmingham): I should like to congratulate the author on a most interesting and useful paper, and for his presentation of the theoretical background to the crack width predictions given in the current British Codes of Practice. Dr. Beeby has asked, ‘Is the picture reasonable and right, and what limitations has it?’
President’s diary Following his installation on Thursday 2 October, the President 1980-81, Professor Michael Horne, with Mrs. Horne, will visit the Scottish Branch on Monday and Tuesday, 6-7 October. Professor Horne will attend the Branch Inaugural Meeting for the new Session on the Monday evening and, with Mrs. Horne, looks forward to meeting members, their ladies, and guests at the Branch Annual Dinner and Dance the following night.
The computer debate From Mr M. K. Hurst his views on the use of computers: I have been following with interest the debate on computers which has been continuing in the Verulam columns, and I would like to add my two-pennyworth. It seems to me that computers have two distinct advantages over the human brain-their ability both to store and retrieve vast quantities of information and to perform lengthy calculations on them, both operations being performed extremely rapidly and accurately. As long as computers are used to perform just these functions, as is the case in most business applications, they are being used to their best advantage. Verulam