Prof Helen Drummond presented her inaugural lecture on 23 August 2018 at the North-West University’s (NWU’s) campus in Mahikeng. The title of her lecture was “Chemical education as the heart of the central science”.
Prof Drummond explained to the audience that chemistry is often called the central science because of its role in connecting physical sciences with life and applied sciences such as biology, medicine and engineering, as well as earth sciences. The centre (or heart) of this central science is education – passing it on to the next generation.
“When we talk about the centre of a person, we normally talk about the heart as it is in the centre of the chest,” said Prof Drummond. “Education puts the heart into chemistry.”
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