A Babylonian confusion of languages and simple solutions in practice


Theologians consider building the Tower of Babel to be mankind’s attempt to become equal with God. Because of this self-exaltation, God brings the construction works to a standstill without bloodshed by causing a confusion of languages, which forces the project to be abandoned due to the insurmountable difficulties in communication [1]. The differing designations used for high performance concretes are in some ways reminiscent of this historical construction project. Yet, one can still hope for a better ending in this case. Although everything is supposed to become simpler from a European perspective, there are in fact quite a number of names for a densely packed cement paste matrix based on cement and diverse ultra-fine (pozzolanic) materials with or without fibres ...

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