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RAU Inaugural Lectures

 

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  • Wiid, A. J. B.
    In this inaugaral lecture a very brief account of the development of Probability Theory is given. Different definitions of probability are discussed and it is pointed out that currently there is no general agreement as to ...
  • Boeddinghaus, Walter
    In the works of the German novelist Thomas Mann much attention is given to the description and analysis of the phenomenon of decadence, a thematic preoccupation similar to the one that can be found in 19th century German ...
  • Schabort, J. C.
    The molecular approach to biological science forms the basis of the biochemist's approach to his task and also forms the basis of and is a binding factor in a modern interdisciplinary research attempt on unsolved problems ...
  • Nieuwenhuizen, P. J.
    Modern money is an advanced abstract tool that cannot be replaced by any alternative economic arrangement. The essence and form thereof bear no relationship to any specific characteristic such as the intrinsic value of the ...
  • Oosthuizen, A. J. G.
    Urbanisation is a worldwide phenomenon taking place with increased rapidity, and this caused urban places to become foci of academic interest. Several theories of urban development, based on human locational behaviour, ...
  • Van Reenen, D. D.
    In the last twenty years, the study of metamorphism has undergone a major shift of emphasis: from a descriptive to a more quantitative approach aimed at identifying the intensive thermodynamic variables (P, T and X) which ...
  • Pretorius, W.
    The need for adequate transport services and infrastructure is axiomatic with economic development, growth and social stability. The urgency of the problems facing South Africa calls for a rationalization and transformation ...
  • Engelbrecht, G. K.
    The results of follow-up studies would confirm that the relapse rate among rehabilitated drug addicts is significantly high. While the physiological (medical) and psychiatric effects of prolonged drug exposure can be ...
  • Pieters, H. N.
    Historic events are important because thoughts and actions of today make use of ideas that have their origin in the past, more than is sometimes realized. The keeping of records originated in ± 3600 before Christ. The first ...
  • Schoeman, W. J.
    Since its establishment, psychology has developed phenomenally. Yet, everyone who is acquainted with the corpus of knowledge in psychology, realizes that the discipline cannot provide clear answers to most questions on ...
  • Engelbrecht, C. S.
    The first experiences of a child at school form the basic frame of reference for all subsequent school experiences. Not all children are learning ready the day they start their school careers and this often leads to eventual ...
  • Van der Westhuizen, A. I.
    Arising from research done for the Brown Commission of Enquiry into health services, some questions revolving around the determination of prices in this market are tested against the theory of price formation under conditions ...
  • Stals, E. L. P.
    The necessity of the historical study of relations between the different races in South Africa should in the first place be undertaken on account of its importance in the picture of the country's past and not in direct ...
  • Barrie, G. N.
    In Pan-American World Airways Inc. v. S.A. Insurance Co. Ltd. 1965 (3) SA. 150 (A.D.) Chief Justice Steyn emphatically reiterated the constitutional rule that no treaty or international agreement can, without the aid of a ...
  • Garbers, J. G.
    A vast amount of research has been and is still being done in various disciplines on the development of the child from birth to maturity. A number of models of development from a psychological point of view are referred ...
  • Lemmer, H. H.
    Statistics is a science which is predominantly concerned with a study of stochastic or random phenomena. To some extent, practically every branch of scientific method contains a stochastic element. Due to its wide variety ...
  • Van Wyk, E. B.
    The propositions of General Linguistics always involve generalizations about language, because they are intended tc apply to all languages. The most important task of this scientific discipline is therefore to determine ...
  • Zastrau, H. O. K.
    The study is concerned with four facets of the information problem as it affects the librarian. 1. Information reaches the librarian in a more or less orderly pattern. Whatever the size of the information explosion we ...
  • Heyns, J.
    Taxonomy is outlined as that branch of zoology dealing with the discovery, identification, naming, description, and classification of animal species. A century or two ago taxonomy, along with morphology and anatomy, was ...
  • Steyn, Anna F.
    In this inaugural lecture the basic necessity of a fundamental knowledge of the nature of scientific theory is emphasized. Scientific theory is defined, as a set of systematically organized, logically consistent and ...

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