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A level maths - a basic requirement

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Do all good engineers need A level maths? Mr Beadman might have been surprised that this question was asked, but I was appalled (NCE last week).

Frankly, anyone who does not have the intellectual resource to master maths at this basic level does not have the ability to be an engineer and it would be gross negligence on our part to let such people loose on the public.

Imagination, communication and conceptual skills (whatever they might be) are just so much vague arm-waving without the hard-nosed analytical skills to implement them that the ability to use maths demonstrates. How can we gain public esteem by calling people who lack such fundamental skills, engineers?

For us reality comes home to roost - things fall down when we make mistakes.

Of course, good communication skills enable one to point to whoever else is responsible quite quickly, but that seems to me to fall some way short of the aspirations of our charter.

Roger Taylor (M), 16 Rycroft Road, Meols, Wirral CH47 9RQ

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