By George A. Olah
The interesting autobiographical reflections of Nobel Prize winner George OlahHow 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 residence to successful the Nobel Prize in Chemistry? George Olah takes us on a notable trip from Budapest to Cleveland to Los Angeles-with a stopover in Stockholm, after all. An cutting edge scientist, George Olah is really specific, whose awesome examine 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 various trips that George Olah has traveled-from his early learn and instructing in Hungary, to his circulate to North the United States 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 examine Institute to discover new recommendations to the grave challenge of the world's diminishing normal oil and gasoline assets and to mitigate worldwide warming by way of recycling carbon dioxide into hydrocarbon fuels and items. Professor Olah invitations the reader to benefit from the tale of his striking path-marked through exertions, mind's eye, and unending quests for discovery-which finally ended in the Nobel Prize. Intertwining his study and instructing with a special own writing kind really makes a lifetime of Magic Chemistry an enticing learn. His autobiography not just touches on his exhilarating lifestyles and pursuit for brand spanking new chemistry but in addition displays at the broader that means of technology in our perpetual look for figuring out and information.
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A Life Of Magic Chemistry: Autobiographical Reflections of a Nobel Prize Winner by George A. Olah