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In defence of the boffin (27 May 2004)
"The world is constructed by boffins and depends secretly on boffins - at least around here it does," Mr Spufford says. "The engineering they do is a kind of solid act of imagination - it's imagining the world, and we live in the world they imagine, and we need them to keep on imagining it."

Mr Spufford, whose book has been nominated for the Aventis Prize for science writing, says the image of boffin as a general scientist is misguided. He says a boffin is specifically an engineer, someone who likes to get their scientific hands dirty.
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