Regarding ‘Aerospace industry aims to fly higher on innovation‘:
When asked to name the greatest attribute that a world-leading engineer could have, our late chairman – the great aeronautical and design engineer Prof. John Argyris FRS (Royal Medal) FREng (Prince Philip Medal) – pondered for a few seconds, which at the time seemed like an eternity, and answered as follows: “the greatest attribute has to be INTUITION”.
This was the reasoning from the man who invented the modern Finite Element Method (the world’s most advanced mathematical deign tool used by leading engineers throughout the world now as their primary design mechanism).
Also America’s greatest living structural engineer Prof. Ray Clough stated in his 1960 publication that the FEM was the ‘Argyris method’. Indeed, although it was Ray Clough who first coined the phrase, ‘Finite Element Method’, he ceded the FEM to Argyris. Added to this Argyris stated that without intuition, nothing can advance in science or engineering.
Therefore for the EU to capture the high ground it has to allow the intuition of its great engineers to flourish.
Unfortunately the directors of main boards do not take any account of this. They are predominantly accountants and have no comprehension whatsoever of what creative ‘intuition’ actually is. Considering this fact, until senior management within our major aeronautical corporations understand that ‘intuition’ is the greatest asset of engineers and allow intuition to flourish within their corporate systems, R&D investments will predominantly be a major waste of resources.
That is no matter how much is poured into R&D. For without intuition, there is no initial catalyst to successfully start the whole process off. The EU therefore requires centres throughout every member state for intuition and innovation to flourish. For this should be seen as the EU’s top priority in order to provide socially and economically successful futures for our 500 million+ European citizens and generations to come.
Dr David Hill
World Innovation Foundation Charity (WIFC)
Bern, SwitzerlandAuthor : Letters to the EurActiv editor