On the occasion of the seventieth anniversary of the Stichting Fundamenteel Onderzoek der Materie (FOM), which, by the way, became part of the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek, NWO) on January 1, 2017, a book has been published with the title 'Strings, mirrors and tape' about 70 years of Dutch physics. During these years (1946-2016) FOM played a major role in the physics landscape by providing funds for physics research; thousands of physicists graduated.

The book covers topics such as the switchable mirror, the dissolving of hydrogen in palladium (consider this in the context of the cold-fusion fiasco of Fleischmann and Pons, many years later) and the neutrino telescope Antares at the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea.

The book has been written by a team of authors under the leadership of Dirk van Delft (director of the Museum Boerhaave) and contains 216 pages. It can be ordered from the publisher wbooks. The book costs 19.95 euros is available in Dutch (ISBN 978 94 625 8168 5) and in English (ISBN 978 94 625 8199 9).