n Civil Engineering = Siviele Ingenieurswese - Are you smarter than a student?

Volume 2017 Number 3
  • ISSN : 1021-2000



Karl Terzaghi made the following statement in a speech: “Students take to gadgets and neat little mathematical procedures like ducklings to water” (Hanson 1984). If one assumes that geotechnical research essentially produces such “gadgets and neat little mathematical procedures”, then there is no shortage of interest for the modern student. Th is is evidenced by the exponential increase in Google Scholar search hits for terms related to geotechnical engineering. Terzaghi therefore hoped that university lecturers would “… educate a generation of foundation engineers who retain their common sense and their sense of proportion in spite of having been fed a dangerous drug – the drug of higher learning” (Hanson 1984).

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