New PDF release: A life of magic chemistry: autobiographical reflections of a

By George A. Olah

ISBN-10: 0471157430

ISBN-13: 9780471157434

ISBN-10: 047122040X

ISBN-13: 9780471220404

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 battle II within the Budapest Opera apartment to profitable the Nobel Prize in Chemistry? George Olah takes us on a extraordinary trip from Budapest to Cleveland to Los Angeles-with a stopover in Stockholm, after all. An leading edge scientist, George Olah is actually exclusive, whose notable learn into tremendous powerful 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 examine and instructing in Hungary, to his stream to North the US the place, in the course of his years in undefined, he endured his learn of the elusive cations of carbon, to his go back to academia in Cleveland, and, ultimately, his circulation to la, the place he outfitted the Loker Hydrocarbon examine Institute to discover new options to the grave challenge of the world's diminishing average oil and fuel assets and to mitigate worldwide warming by means of recycling carbon dioxide into hydrocarbon fuels and items. Professor Olah invitations the reader to benefit from the tale of his notable path-marked by means of labor, mind's eye, and unending quests for discovery-which finally resulted in the Nobel Prize. Intertwining his learn and instructing with a different own writing variety actually makes a lifetime of Magic Chemistry an enticing learn. His autobiography not just touches on his exhilarating existence and pursuit for brand new chemistry but additionally displays at the broader that means ofscience in our perpetual look for knowing and data.

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The trailblazers of the DNA revolution, Crick and Watson, are household names of twentieth-century science. At the same time, nature does not readily or frequently give such intuition and recognition. It is necessary to be well prepared and able to 20 ࡗ A L I F E O F M A G I C C H E M I S T RY pursue the science of frequently broad and complex fields with all the skills and knowledge acquired through solid education. In my field of chemistry, ‘‘magic’’ certainly comes very rarely and even then generally only coupled with consistent, hard work and study.

My home town, beautiful but badly ravaged Budapest, also survived and started recovering. However, soon again difficult times followed when a brief period of emerging democracy ended with the Communist takeover. I graduated high school (gymnasium) right at the end of the war in the spring of 1945. We needed to pass a very tough two-day examination (matriculation or baccalaureate). This included, for example, translation of selected literature passages—without the help of a dictionary—not only from foreign languages (including Latin) into Hungarian, but also vice versa, not a minor effort.

At the same time there is a key role of symmetry in the arts expressed by varying examples from the fascinating paintings and graphics of Escher to Bach, who in some of his sonatas wrote two (or more) independent musical lines to be played simultaneously, in a way creating a musical symmetry effect. As science in some way or other affects practically all aspects of life, without necessarily attempting to give a deeper understanding of its complexities, it is essential that all educated people in the modern world have at least a rudimentary education in science.

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