In your excellent Brunel feature (NCE last week) you make no reference to the exhibition at The National Archives at Kew, celebrating his bicentenary. His work and that of other influential inventors are celebrated in an exhibition called Inventors and Invention which runs until 26 May 2006.
It is interesting to note that there are no patents for any of Brunel's inventions.
He believed development and competition should be welcomed and therefore opposed the patent system.
Torben S Petersen, 29 Denbigh Gardens, Richmond, Surrey, TW10 6EL