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Papers - too ‘academic’? A paper titled ‘Structural optimisation with the genetic algorithm’ (by Professor W. M Jenkins, Structural Engineer, I7 December 1991) stimulated Mr W. E. A. Skinner (21 April) to ask whether there might be too much ‘academic’ material in the journal. In response, we first allow Professor Jenkins to explain himself ... Much as I would have liked to provide Mr Skinner with pleasurable retirement reading (being retired myself I share the need!), I think it more important to write for the younger engineers who have their careers before them! They will undoubtedly indulge in intensive computerisation of structural design in the years ahead. Verulam