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Design by natural selection? Professor W. M. Jenkins, introducing his paper ‘Structural optimisation with the genetic algorithm’ (The Structural Engineer, I7 December 1991), explained the basis of his optimisation procedure as follows. ‘Stochastic processes are used to generate an initial population of individual designs, and the process then applies principles of natural selection/survival of the fittest to find improved designs.’ Verulam