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16 July 2021

Rondebosch prof’s book explores wonders of science


There is no slowing down for retired Rondebosch scientist Professor Mike Bruton, whose latest book, Curious Notions, was released last month.

It’s a collection of essays on a diverse range of scientific topics, ranging from creativity in the arts and sciences to the evolution and impact of the bicycle. You can read about African Nobel Peace Prize winners; South Africa’s greatest inventors; and the “living fossil” fish, the coelacanth.

After a 50-year career as an ichthyologist, Professor Bruton still keeps busy during retirement. “I have been very productive during the pandemic,” he says. “I have written and published the Curious Notions book and also completed another book, entitled Harambee: The spirit of innovation in Africa, which will be published by the Human Sciences Research Council later this year.”

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