Teaching Pharmaceutical Chemistry: Getting to the heart of the matter

  • E D Goosen Rhodes University


I find this quote by Werner Heisenberg, the 1932 Nobel Laureate for Physics, significant in that it reminds me of the fact that science is really about observing, questioning and trying to make sense of the wonder and marvels of nature around us. There is also a sense of humility present because our observations and conclusions are limited by our methods of questioning. It is so very different to what often happens in a science classroom, namely transmission of facts and concepts, with very little of the wonder and amazement of the world around us and how this body of knowledge was created through the centuries. We also do not always realise how significant our methods of teaching and assessment are and how the questions we ask ourselves and our students influence their learning and the future.

Author Biography

E D Goosen, Rhodes University

Senior Lecturer: Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Faculty of Pharmacy, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa and Adjunct Professor: Medicinal Chemistry, International School, Jinan University, Guangzhou, People’s Republic of China

Cum Laude