The Faculty of Science's centenary book on a hundred years of science at Stellenbosch University (SU) is now available on TakeAlot.
The coffee table book, A Particular Frame of Mind – Faculty of Science, Stellenbosch University 1918-2018, traces the steps of the first pioneers who laid the foundations for training and research in various disciplines in the natural sciences at SU. It also documents the contributions of various individuals to the establishment of research fields such as nuclear physics and polymer science in South Africa.
Prof. Chris Garbers, former professor of organic chemistry from 1958 to 1978 and president of the CSIR from 1980 to 1990, writes in the Foreword that key institutions such as the SU's Faculty of Science have contributed “to transforming South Africa from a mainly rural society to an industrial giant on the African continent".
“The book is a succinct summary covering the past one hundred years, with the exposition of diverse scientific findings in layman's terms, as well as the documentation of anecdotes about various eccentric characters. The book is further enhanced by the insets of colleagues with specialist knowledge and understanding of contemporary developments in science," he continues writing.
This limited edition red linen hard case book is embossed with foil on the front and spine, and contains more than 200 photographs and images from the SU Archive, the Africana section of the SU Library, and various artefacts from departmental collections, including scientific images of historical and current research.