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A life of magic chemistry : autobiographical reflections by George A. Olah, Thomas Mathew

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By George A. Olah, Thomas Mathew

The autobiography of a Nobel Prize winner, this publication tells us approximately George Olah's interesting learn into super robust superacids and the way it yielded the typical time period "magic acids." Olah publications us via his lengthy and noteworthy 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 prestigious profession of a chemist whose paintings in a extensive diversity of chemistry components, and so much particularly that during methane chemistry, ended in applied sciences that impression the processing and software of different fuels
  • Is according to Olah's paintings on tremendous powerful superacids and the way they yielded the typical time period, "magic acids"
  • Details occasions because the ebook of the 1st version in 2000
  • Inspires readers with info on Dr. Olah's winning fresh study on methanol, meant to aid offer an answer to "the oil problem"

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Each subsequent atom has one more electron, and the periodic valence changes reflect the successive filling of the orbital. Bohr’s model also provided a simple basis for the electronic theory of valence. Physicists traditionally pay little attention to the efforts of chemists. One can only wonder whether, if physicists had given more consideration to the chemists’ periodical table, they could have advanced their concept of atomic theory by half a century! This is the irony of divided science, and it shows that chemistry is not a simple derivative of physics.

On the other hand, Western authors and poets were regularly translated into Hungarian, some of these translations being of extremely high quality. The Hungarian poet Janos Arany, for example, translated Shakespeare in a masterly way, although he taught English himself phonetically and could never speak it. I believe that many translations, such as ballads of Villon (one of my favorites), translated by the highly talented poet George Faludy, made them at least as enjoyable as the originals. Operas were sung only in Hungarian, which limited the chances for some talented Hungarian singers to perform in the West.

He presented chemistry on the basis of analytical logic. He also broke with traditional historical pedagogy, according to which the three realms of nature were: mineral, vegetable, and animal. Lavoisier’s treatise was the first modern work of chemistry and his major achievement in the “chemical revolution” he started. It is an irony of fate that this revolutionary chemist some years later lost his life to the guillotine of the French Revolution. The dawn of the nineteenth century saw a drastic shift from the dominance of French chemistry to first English-, and, later, Germaninfluenced chemistry.

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