By George A. Olah

ISBN-10: 0471157430

ISBN-13: 9780471157434

The interesting autobiographical reflections of Nobel Prize winner George Olah How did a tender guy who grew up in Hungary among the 2 global Wars pass from cleansing rubble and relocating pianos on the finish of global conflict II within the Budapest Opera condominium to profitable the Nobel Prize in Chemistry? George Olah takes us on a striking trip from Budapest to Cleveland to Los Angeles-with a stopover in Stockholm, after all. An cutting edge scientist, George Olah is actually distinct, whose impressive learn into tremendous robust acids and their new chemistry yielded what's now generally called superacidic "magic acid chemistry. a lifetime of Magic Chemistry is an intimate examine the numerous trips that George Olah has traveled-from his early examine and instructing in Hungary, to his flow to North the USA the place, in the course of his years in undefined, he persevered his research of the elusive cations of carbon, to his go back to academia in Cleveland, and, ultimately, his flow to la, the place he equipped the Loker Hydrocarbon examine Institute to discover new suggestions to the grave challenge of the world's diminishing common oil and gasoline assets and to mitigate international warming by means of recycling carbon dioxide into hydrocarbon fuels and items. Professor Olah invitations the reader to benefit from the tale of his outstanding path-marked via labor, mind's eye, and endless quests for discovery-which ultimately ended in the Nobel Prize. Intertwining his learn and educating with a different own writing sort really makes a lifetime of Magic Chemistry an attractive learn. His autobiography not just touches on his exhilarating lifestyles and pursuit for brand spanking new chemistry but additionally displays at the broader which means ofscience in our perpetual look for realizing and information.

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Much was written about the excellence of the gymnasia of Budapest (German-type composites of middle and high schools), particularly those that were frequented by some later successful scientists, artists, and musicians. For example, many Hungarianborn mathematicians, physicists, and engineers who later attained recognition (Neuman, Karman, Wigner, Szilard, Teller, among others) attended the same schools, where much emphasis was put on mathematics and physics. Winning the national competition in these topics for high school boys (the schools were still gender segregated and not much was ever said about the intellectual achievement of Hungarian girls, who clearly were at least as talented) was considered a predictor of outstanding future careers (Neuman, Teller).

Who would guess, considering the thickly accented English most Hungarians used to speak, that Leslie Howard’s (Professor Higgins in Pygmalion) mother tongue was this rather obscure and difficult language? What a difference indeed from the charming accent of Zsa Zsa Gabor. ’’ The standards of theatrical and musical life were also extremely high. Franz Liszt (a native Hungarian who achieved his fame as a virtuoso pianist and composer) established a Music Conservatory in Budapest around 1870, which turned out scores of highly talented graduates, including such composers as Kodaly and Bartok and conductors such as Doraty, Ormandy, Solti, and Szell.

The highest probability of the location of electrons between atoms is depicted by the chemist by two-, three-, or multicenter bonding (sharing electrons). The transformation of molecules and compounds by various changes leads to new and different molecules. Because of chemistry’s very wide scope, it is customary to divide it into branches. One of the main branches is organic chemistry, which originally dealt with compounds that were obtained from (or related to) living organisms but is now generally recognized to be the chemistry of the compounds of carbon or, more precisely, of hydrocarbons (compounds of carbon and hydrogen) and their derivatives.

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