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Engineering Mechanics Engineering Kinematics

Nature volume 150, page 73 (18 July 1942) | Download Citation



IN the training of the young engineer the teacher has to look both backwards and forwards. He has to examine carefully what has been done in the past, that his students may master the detailed technique already applied successfully in these problems. In this respect he seeks to produce young men capable of dealing with issues similar to those previously solved. On the other hand, he knows that every problem is in reality a new problem with characteristics that are different from those previously encountered. For this purpose facility with technique may not in itself suffice. What may be required is a new application of fundamentals, or a search for new generalizations from the past, to be applied in a new way.

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