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MacLeod nine?

Letters

Iain MacLeod's discussion (Letters 14 April) reminds me that the word 'engineer' derives from 'ingenium' (the same Latin source as 'ingenious'). An engineer is not simply a processor of data (else we would surely be called calculateers) but someone who is skilful in combining ideas.

That demands a thorough mix of learning, practical training and innate talent. Non computor sum!

Jon Balley (M), Littlecote, Two Dells Lane, Chesham, Bucks, HP5 3QZ

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