John Sharp was born in Kroonstad, South Africa, in 1952 and spent his first nine years on his parents’ farm in what was then the Orange Free State. Home schooled by his mother, he spent the majority of his time roaming the veld with a .22, either barefoot or bareback on an old mare. He completed his education at Diocesan College in Cape Town at the end of 1969.
A 14th generation white African Hannes Wessels was born in 1956 in what was then Salisbury in Southern Rhodesia. After leaving school he served and saw action with the Rhodesian Light Infantry before acquiring a law degree but chose not to practise. He hunted big game professionally in Zimbabwe, Zambia and Tanzania in a twenty year career.
Number theory and Chemistry. The importance of numbers is science is obvious. Historically philosophers and scientists have contemplated the possibility that there is a fundamental connection between the patterns observed in nature and the natural and prime numbers. Fascinated by this possibility, Professor Jan Boeyens and I published the book “Number Theory and the Periodicity of Matter” in 2008, and we are continuing the investigation into possible links between chemical phenomena and pure numbers.
Boeyens was educated at the University of Pretoria. He worked at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research of South Africa and at Stanford University. He became a professor of chemistry at the University of the Witwatersrand and Extraordinary Professor at UNISA. He has written or co-written more than 600 scientific contributions. Some of his books are used as textbooks of theoretical chemistry all over the world. As an emeritus he wrote books challenging the current scientific consensus about the adequacy of quantum mechanics in which he presented a way to establish more accurate modern physics and chemistry without using higher mathematics by using elementary number theory.
The Zulu monarch Shaka was a contemporary of the French emperor Napoleon, and has even been dubbed the ‘African Napoleon’ by some. However, apart from their reputation as great military leaders, history has remembered these two men quite differently. On the one hand, Napoleon, despite the wars he waged across Europe , has been considered by some as an enlightened despot. Shaka, on the other hand, has been remembered more negatively as a ruthless and bloodthirsty madman.