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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 cross from cleansing rubble and relocating pianos on the finish of worldwide warfare II within the Budapest Opera residence 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 specific, whose striking learn into tremendous 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 examine and instructing in Hungary, to his circulate to North the United States the place, in the course of his years in undefined, he persisted his research of the elusive cations of carbon, to his go back to academia in Cleveland, and, eventually, his circulate to l. a., the place he equipped the Loker Hydrocarbon learn Institute to discover new suggestions to the grave challenge of the world's diminishing usual oil and gasoline assets and to mitigate worldwide warming via recycling carbon dioxide into hydrocarbon fuels and items. Professor Olah invitations the reader to benefit from the tale of his awesome path-marked via labor, mind's eye, and unending quests for discovery-which finally ended in the Nobel Prize. Intertwining his examine and instructing with a special own writing variety 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 additionally displays at the broader that means ofscience in our perpetual look for figuring out and data.

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I myself, however, had no musical inclination or talent. It was consequently somewhat amusing that years later, at the end of the war in the spring of 1945, friends made me a ‘‘Member of Budapest Opera House,’’ allowing me to carry a rather official-looking identification card which was even respected by the occupying Soviet military and entitled me to some privileges. ) My duties during my short-lived ‘‘operatic’’ career, however, included only such chores as clearing rubble or moving around pianos and other heavy musical instruments.

My father, Gyula Olah, was a lawyer. My mother, Magda Krasznai, came from a family in the southern part of the country and fled to the capital, Budapest, at the end of World War I, when it became part of Yugoslavia. Growing up in Budapest between the two World Wars in a middleclass family provided a rather pleasant childhood. Budapest was and still is a beautiful city. It is the only major city on the Danube through which the river flows through its middle in its true majesty. You can be in Vienna without necessarily realizing that it is also located on the Danube, as the river flows only through the outskirts.

Liebig’s students followed and greatly extended this new trend. My purpose here is not to trace the history of organic chemistry in any comprehensive way. Giants such as Bunsen, Kolbe, Baeyer, and Emil Fischer built a powerful tradition of synthetic and structural organic chemistry in the nineteenth century but at the same time tended to show significant antipathy toward any particular theory, despite the fact that physical chemistry created at the same time by Oswald and others made great progress.

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