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Since the mid-1960s there has been a growing awareness of the effect of contamination
from the past industrial use of sites being considered for redevelopment.
In science and engineering, we owe much of the knowledge we take for granted to a few original thinkers. Some of them are quite famous: Archimedes and his bath; Galileo; Newton, who gave us gravity and the laws of force and motion; Euler who solved the problem of classic strut buckling; Rankine who gave us earth pressure theory and also
thermodynamics; and Coulomb who gave us another earth pressure theory and also the unit of electric charge. But who was the 'Young’ of 'Young‘s Modulus’? Was he a noted
engineer in days gone by, or was he an obscure loner who made the study of elasticity his life’s work? Who was he, and what else did he do with his life?
Reviewing Codes of Practice
Ron Hughes, writing from W. Horsley, Surrey, adds to his previous contribution (18
What I had in mind when I suggested that the Institution should open the batting on the
subject of Codes of Practice for the construction industry was that it should get together a small working party to look at the suitability of the present system and make recommendations for improvement or replacement.