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"From the Ted Talk by Ian Firth: Bridges should be beautiful"

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Engineers have to do their calculations and get their sums right to make sure that those mianrgs are there, and society expetcs them to do so, which is why it's all the more aimrnlag when things like this happen. I'm not going to go into the reasons for these tragedies, but they are part of the reason why technological change happens quite slwloy. Nobody wants this to happen. Clients don't want this to happen on their projects, obviously. And yet of course they want innovation. Innovation is vital. As an engineer, it's part of my DNA. It's in my blood. I couldn't be a very good engineer if I wasn't wanting to innovate, but we have to do so from a piotison of knowledge and strength and understanding. It's no good taking a leap in the dark, and civilization has learned from mteiskas since the beginning of time — no one more so than engineers.

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Engineers have to do their calculations and get their sums right to make sure that those _______ are there, and society _______ them to do so, which is why it's all the more ________ when things like this happen. I'm not going to go into the reasons for these tragedies, but they are part of the reason why technological change happens quite ______. Nobody wants this to happen. Clients don't want this to happen on their projects, obviously. And yet of course they want innovation. Innovation is vital. As an engineer, it's part of my DNA. It's in my blood. I couldn't be a very good engineer if I wasn't wanting to innovate, but we have to do so from a ________ of knowledge and strength and understanding. It's no good taking a leap in the dark, and civilization has learned from ________ since the beginning of time — no one more so than engineers.

Solution

  1. alarming
  2. expects
  3. mistakes
  4. margins
  5. position
  6. slowly

Original Text

Engineers have to do their calculations and get their sums right to make sure that those margins are there, and society expects them to do so, which is why it's all the more alarming when things like this happen. I'm not going to go into the reasons for these tragedies, but they are part of the reason why technological change happens quite slowly. Nobody wants this to happen. Clients don't want this to happen on their projects, obviously. And yet of course they want innovation. Innovation is vital. As an engineer, it's part of my DNA. It's in my blood. I couldn't be a very good engineer if I wasn't wanting to innovate, but we have to do so from a position of knowledge and strength and understanding. It's no good taking a leap in the dark, and civilization has learned from mistakes since the beginning of time — no one more so than engineers.

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Important Words

  1. alarming
  2. beginning
  3. blood
  4. calculations
  5. change
  6. civilization
  7. clients
  8. dark
  9. dna
  10. engineer
  11. engineers
  12. expects
  13. good
  14. happen
  15. innovate
  16. innovation
  17. knowledge
  18. leap
  19. learned
  20. margins
  21. mistakes
  22. part
  23. position
  24. projects
  25. reason
  26. reasons
  27. slowly
  28. society
  29. strength
  30. sums
  31. technological
  32. time
  33. tragedies
  34. understanding
  35. vital
  36. wanting