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    I" target="_blank">Understanding Buildings a Multidisciplinary Approach - E. Reid - Google Books

    In fact, structure is often thought of as a rather rarefied subject obscured by tedious sums, but it need not be so, for sums do not in themselves shape structural design


    Would you please kindly and readily explain the following?


    a rather rarefied subject obscured by tedious sums, but it need not be so, for sums do not in themselves shape structural design




    Many thanks


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    The subject is rareified: it is a specialist subject, based more in theory than in practice.
    It is obscured by tedious sums: its real character is hidden by boring mathematical calculations.

    it need not be so, for sums do not in themselves shape structural design: structural design may make use of mathematics, but it is more than and different from mathematics.


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    The author is using the word "sums" as a synonym for "mathematics." Mathematics is boring, or tedious, for many people, who may be creative and have an idea for constructing a building. "Rarefied" means "of, belonging to, or appealing to an exclusive group". This may seem true for someone who is not comfortable with mathematics. The author is saying that your creative ideas shape the structural design and mathematics is only a tool for putting your ideas into effect.
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    Thank you all so much. Well done.
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