By George A. Olah
The interesting autobiographical reflections of Nobel Prize winner George Olah How did a tender guy who grew up in Hungary among the 2 international Wars move from cleansing rubble and relocating pianos on the finish of worldwide battle II within the Budapest Opera condo 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 leading edge scientist, George Olah is really exclusive, whose remarkable learn 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 study and educating in Hungary, to his circulate 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, eventually, his circulate to la, the place he outfitted the Loker Hydrocarbon learn Institute to discover new options to the grave challenge of the world's diminishing normal 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 through labor, mind's eye, and endless quests for discovery-which ultimately resulted in the Nobel Prize. Intertwining his learn and instructing with a distinct own writing kind really makes a lifetime of Magic Chemistry a fascinating learn. His autobiography not just touches on his exhilarating lifestyles and pursuit for brand new chemistry but additionally displays at the broader that means ofscience in our perpetual look for figuring out and information.
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