By George A. Olah
The interesting autobiographical reflections of Nobel Prize winner George OlahHow did a tender guy who grew up in Hungary among the 2 global Wars cross 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 awesome trip from Budapest to Cleveland to Los Angeles-with a stopover in Stockholm, after all. An cutting edge scientist, George Olah is really exceptional, whose extraordinary study into super robust acids and their new chemistry yielded what's now generally known as superacidic "magic acid chemistry."A lifetime of Magic Chemistry is an intimate examine the numerous trips that George Olah has traveled-from his early study and instructing in Hungary, to his circulation to North the United States 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 movement to l. a., the place he equipped the Loker Hydrocarbon examine Institute to discover new strategies to the grave challenge of the world's diminishing traditional oil and gasoline assets and to mitigate international warming by way of recycling carbon dioxide into hydrocarbon fuels and items. Professor Olah invitations the reader to benefit from the tale of his extraordinary path-marked by means of labor, mind's eye, and endless quests for discovery-which finally resulted in the Nobel Prize. Intertwining his learn and educating with a different own writing sort really makes a lifetime of Magic Chemistry an interesting learn. His autobiography not just touches on his exhilarating existence and pursuit for brand new chemistry but in addition displays at the broader that means of technological know-how in our perpetual look for knowing and data.
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What we now call chemistry slowly emerged over the centuries as mankind’s use of varied substances and compounds and the quest for understanding of the material world evolved. The practical beginning of chemistry goes back to ancient Egypt, based on experience gained in metals, glass, pottery, tanning and dying substances, etc. On the other hand, speculations by the Greeks and peoples in the East laid the foundation of this quest for a better understanding into the nature of the material world.
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A Life Of Magic Chemistry: Autobiographical Reflections of a Nobel Prize Winner by George A. Olah