By George A. Olah, Thomas Mathew

ISBN-10: 1118839900

ISBN-13: 9781118839904

ISBN-10: 1118839927

ISBN-13: 9781118839928

ISBN-10: 1118840038

ISBN-13: 9781118840030

ISBN-10: 1118840100

ISBN-13: 9781118840108

The autobiography of a Nobel Prize winner, this booklet tells us approximately George Olah's attention-grabbing learn into super powerful superacids and the way it yielded the typical time period "magic acids." Olah courses us via his lengthy and memorable trip, from Budapest to Cleveland to la, with a stopover in Stockholm. This up to date autobiography of a Nobel Prize winner George A. Olah:

  • Chronicles the celebrated occupation of a chemist whose paintings in a extensive variety of chemistry components, and such a lot significantly that during methane chemistry, resulted in applied sciences that effect the processing and application of other fuels
  • Is in keeping with Olah's paintings on tremendous powerful superacids and the way they yielded the typical time period, "magic acids"
  • Details occasions because the booklet of the 1st variation in 2000
  • Inspires readers with information on Dr. Olah's profitable contemporary learn on methanol, meant to assist supply an answer to "the oil problem"

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The sulfur constituent), and terra mercurialis, the fluid earth corresponding to the mercury constituent. Stahl C H E M I S T R Y ♦ 27 subsequently renamed the terra pinguis “phlogiston,” the “motion of fire” (or heat), the essential element of all combustible materials. Thus the phlogiston theory was born to explain all combustion and was widely accepted for most of the eighteenth century by, among others, such luminaries of chemistry as Joseph Priestley. Isolation of gases from calcination of certain minerals (fixed air) and from the air itself represented the next great advance in chemistry.

Around the turn of the twentieth century Svante Arrhenius (Nobel Prize in chemistry, 1903) developed this theory in more detail. There was much recent excitement about claimed fossil bacterial remains in a Martian meteorite recovered from Antarctica (not since confirmed), but we have no definite proof for extraterrestrial life or its ability to travel through space. In the universe (or multiverse), there indeed may be many celestial bodies capable of maintaining some form of life (probably entirely different from our own terrestrial forms), but will we ever be able to find out about them, not to mention communicate with them?

Published 2015 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 38 G R O W I N G U P I N H U N G A R Y ♦ 39 became famous for his musical scores for Alexander Korda’s movies, grew up there, brought up by his uncle who was an orchestra member. I met him many years later in Los Angeles, and we reminisced about it. Quite naturally, I attended many opera performances and rehearsals with neighbors and friends from early childhood on. I still remember a rehearsal conducted by a gentle, smallish man who became, however, a holy terror with the orchestra and the singers alike once he raised his baton.

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