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By George A. Olah

ISBN-10: 0471157430

ISBN-13: 9780471157434

ISBN-10: 047122040X

ISBN-13: 9780471220404

The attention-grabbing autobiographical reflections of Nobel Prize winner George Olah How did a tender guy who grew up in Hungary among the 2 global Wars move from cleansing rubble and relocating pianos on the finish of worldwide warfare II within the Budapest Opera condominium 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 cutting edge scientist, George Olah is actually specific, whose impressive learn 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 educating in Hungary, to his circulation to North the United States the place, in the course of his years in undefined, he endured his examine of the elusive cations of carbon, to his go back to academia in Cleveland, and, eventually, his stream to l. a., the place he equipped the Loker Hydrocarbon study Institute to discover new options to the grave challenge of the world's diminishing normal oil and fuel 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 way of exertions, mind's eye, and unending quests for discovery-which ultimately resulted in the Nobel Prize. Intertwining his learn and educating with a distinct own writing type actually makes a lifetime of Magic Chemistry an attractive learn. His autobiography not just touches on his exhilarating existence and pursuit for brand spanking new chemistry but additionally displays at the broader which means ofscience in our perpetual look for figuring out and information.

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I believe obtaining a good general liberal Goalie of the soccer team of the Chemistry faculty at the Technical University of Budapest (1952) G R O W I N G U P I N H U N G A RY ࡗ 43 Not yet thinking about chemistry education was a great advantage, because getting attached too early to a specific field or science frequently short-changes a balanced broad education. Although reading the classics in Latin at school age may not have been as fulfilling as it would have been at a more mature age, once I got interested in science I could hardly afford the time for such pleasurable diversions.

The search for the elixir of life had usually 26 ࡗ A L I F E O F M A G I C C H E M I S T RY gone hand in hand with the quest for the philosopher’s stone. Increasing attention was paid to the investigation of the properties of substances and of their effects on the human body. Evolving chemistry profited by the fact that it attracted men who possessed the highest scientific knowledge of the time. Still, their belief in the possibility of transmutation remained until the time of Robert Boyle. It was indeed in the seventeenth century that chemistry slowly emerged in its own right as a science.

Alchemy thus in a sense focused and unified varied and diverse chemical efforts, which until that time were disconnected, and focused them on producing varied practical materials for human needs. Alchemy indeed can be considered an early phase of the development of systematic chemistry. ’’ It also must be noted that the processes described by the alchemists going back to the thirteenth century were generally not considered to be miraculous or supernatural. They believed that the transmutation of base metals into gold could be achieved by their ‘‘art’’ in the laboratory.

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