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 international Wars move from cleansing rubble and relocating pianos on the finish of global battle II within the Budapest Opera condominium to profitable the Nobel Prize in Chemistry? George Olah takes us on a impressive trip from Budapest to Cleveland to Los Angeles-with a stopover in Stockholm, in fact. An cutting edge scientist, George Olah is actually distinct, whose striking learn 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 numerous trips that George Olah has traveled-from his early learn and educating in Hungary, to his flow to North the US the place, in the course of his years in undefined, he persisted his research of the elusive cations of carbon, to his go back to academia in Cleveland, and, eventually, his circulation to la, the place he equipped the Loker Hydrocarbon study Institute to discover new suggestions to the grave challenge of the world's diminishing normal oil and fuel assets and to mitigate international warming via recycling carbon dioxide into hydrocarbon fuels and items. Professor Olah invitations the reader to benefit from the tale of his amazing path-marked by way of labor, mind's eye, and unending quests for discovery-which ultimately resulted in the Nobel Prize. Intertwining his study and educating with a special own writing variety really makes a lifetime of Magic Chemistry an enticing learn. His autobiography not just touches on his exhilarating lifestyles and pursuit for brand new chemistry but in addition displays at the broader which means of technological know-how in our perpetual look for knowing and information.
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Whereas most chemists focused their attention on speculation about atoms and the question of atomic weights, the constant multiplicity in compounds occupied an increasingly central role. , the replacement of one element by another in a compound, started to make a major impact on chemistry in the 1840s. It was probably Dumas, who in the 1830s at the request of his fatherin-law (who was the director of the famous Royal Se`vres porcelain factory) resolved an event that upset a royal dinner party at the Tuil- 30 ࡗ A L I F E O F M A G I C C H E M I S T RY leries in Paris.
I graduated high school (gymnasium) right at the end of the war in the spring of 1945. We needed to pass a very tough two-day examination (matriculation or baccalaureate). This included, for example, translation of selected literature passages—without the help of a dictionary—not only from foreign languages (including Latin) into Hungarian, but also vice versa, not a minor effort. Having passed this 46 ࡗ A L I F E O F M A G I C C H E M I S T RY My brother Peter in 1943 barrier, it was time to think seriously about my future.
It was, however, Kekule´ who in the 1860s developed more fully the concept of valence based substan- C H E M I S T RY ࡗ 31 tially on his realization of the valence of four of carbon in its compounds. It was a century later that I was able to show that carbon in some systems can also bind simultaneously ﬁve, six, or even seven atoms or groups, introducing the concept of hypercarbon chemistry (see Chapter 10). With the continued discovery of new elements in the nineteenth century, chemists started to group the elements together according to some empirical orders, which eventually developed into the Mendeleev periodic table.
A Life Of Magic Chemistry: Autobiographical Reflections of a Nobel Prize Winner by George A. Olah