It is appropriate to applaud yet another gift from Professor Ralph B. Peck to the profession, rather than to dwell on the man and his prominence in engineering. There are two general associations by which Dr. Peck has influenced our profession: (1) more narrowly, through his own engineer-student alumni of the University of Illinois; and, (2) more broadly among practicing engineers and geologists who have come to know, value, and follow the Peck teachings.

This review flows from the latter camp, a place where Dr. Peck is widely recognized for his ultimately practical engineering wisdom. He cannot help but be...

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