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Nature's way

I think what distinguishes an engineer from a historian or a civil engineering journalist is their ability to understand and formulate laws of nature in mathematical form to create engineering infrastructure.

And to those who think that mathematics is a handicap for creativity I would like to remind them that if it was not for the genius and creativity of mathematician Roger Pentrose in 1965 no one would have heard of scientist Stephen Hawking.

I have also read that Lord Putnam, the arts supremo, was good in mathematics in his younger days. Sir Alaister Morton who dominated the civil engineering industry had a degree in mathematics as did the late Master of Rolls Lord Denning.

Vijay K Vijayaratnam, executive director, AITANET-Europe, Vjkpillay@aol. com

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