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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 global struggle II within the Budapest Opera condominium to successful 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 actually distinctive, whose impressive study into tremendous powerful 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 various trips that George Olah has traveled-from his early examine and educating in Hungary, to his flow to North the USA the place, in the course of his years in undefined, he endured his research of the elusive cations of carbon, to his go back to academia in Cleveland, and, ultimately, his circulate to la, the place he equipped the Loker Hydrocarbon learn Institute to discover new suggestions to the grave challenge of the world's diminishing common 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 awesome path-marked through exertions, mind's eye, and unending quests for discovery-which ultimately ended in the Nobel Prize. Intertwining his study and educating with a different own writing kind actually makes a lifetime of Magic Chemistry a fascinating learn. His autobiography not just touches on his exhilarating existence and pursuit for brand spanking new chemistry but in addition displays at the broader which means ofscience in our perpetual look for figuring out and information.

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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. Robert Boyle probably more than anybody else paved the way, helping to disperse its reputation as a tainted alchemical pseudo-science. In his book, The Sceptical Chymist, he emphasized the need to obtain a substantial body of experimental observation and stressed the importance for the quantitative study of chemical changes.

Isolation of gases from calcination of certain minerals (fixed air) and from the air itself represented the next great advance in chemistry. Cavendish studied the preparation of hydrogen, ‘‘inflammable air,’’ as he termed it. ’’ Independently, and even somewhat before Priestley, the Swedish apothecary Scheele discovered oxygen and pointed out that air could not be an elementary substance as it was composed of two gases, ‘‘fire air’’ or oxygen and ‘‘foul air’’ or nitrogen, according to a ratio of one to three parts by his estimate.

In my field of chemistry, ‘‘magic’’ certainly comes very rarely and even then generally only coupled with consistent, hard work and study. Ideas, of course, are the essence of new discoveries, but at the same time one must be well prepared to realize which has merit and significance, as well as be able to stay the course to follow them through. There is usually little glamor in science compared with the long and frequently disappointing efforts it demands. There is, however, the occasional epiphany of discovery and fundamental new understanding, the eureka or ecstasy that makes it all worthwhile, but this is something only those who have experienced it can really appreciate.

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