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Imagine responding to G.H. Hardy’s well-known 1940 A Mathematician’s Apology wherein he claimed that (i) “Engineering is not a useful study for ordinary men.” (ii.) “There is the real mathematics of the real mathematicians, and there is what I call the trivial mathematics— which includes its practical application, the bridges and steam-engines and dynamos.” (iii.) “Most people can do nothing at all well.” (iv.) “Exposition . . . is work for second-rate minds.” This meditation consists of various open-ended rebuttal thoughts to these claims—which may prompt further ACMS discussion.