This year is the bicentenary of the birth of Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Much will be done to celebrate it. In "Sweat and Inspiration" by Martin Worth (ISBN0-7509-2675-9), I K Brunel is mentioned as only one of numerous great engineers, the rest of whom are not so much celebrated in Britain. And these are just some of the many 18th and 19th century British engineers who did so much to change our world. There were, and there are, of course, many great engineers around the world, so let's let celebrate Brunel as the representative of all engineers, rather than as some kind of unique genius. Please ignore the rest of this page if you are simply looking for information about bridges, as it contains only general commentary about the contents.