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 ebook tells us approximately George Olah's attention-grabbing examine into tremendous powerful superacids and the way it yielded the typical time period "magic acids." Olah publications 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 prestigious profession of a chemist whose paintings in a large variety of chemistry components, and such a lot particularly that during methane chemistry, resulted in applied sciences that effect the processing and software of other fuels
  • Is in line with Olah's paintings on super robust superacids and the way they yielded the typical time period, "magic acids"
  • Details occasions because the booklet of the 1st version in 2000
  • Inspires readers with info on Dr. Olah's profitable fresh study on methanol, meant to assist supply an answer to "the oil problem"

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In 1943, a whole Hungarian army corps was destroyed in Russia. Hungary, not unlike Romania, subsequently tried to quit the war. In the spring of 1944, Hungary attempted to break the alliance with Germany but was unsuccessful, and the Gestapo with their Hungarian allies, the Arrow Crosses, took over and instituted a regime of terror. Much has been written about this horrible period when hundreds of thousands perished until World War II finally ended. The human mind mercifully is selective, and eventually we tend to remember only the more pleasant memories.

As the temperature fell from an initial estimate of 1032 K after 1 second to 1010 K, elemental particles (neutrons, protons, and electrons) formed. Upon further cooling, conditions became right to combine these particles into nuclei of hydrogen and helium: the process of element building began. From 10 to 500 seconds after the big bang, the whole universe is thought to have behaved as an enormous nuclear fusion reactor. 3%. 9% of the atoms. When hydrogen is burned up in the nuclear furnace of a star, helium burning takes over, forming carbon, which in turn leads to oxygen, etc.

So did the synthesis and study of an ever-increasing array of inorganic compounds, including main group elements, organometallics (Fischer, Wilkinson, Nobel Prize in 1973), and metal–metal bound systems (Cotton). Chemistry also contributed in a major way to the development of modern biological sciences through an ever more sophisticated understanding at the molecular level. Long are gone the days when Emil Fischer, who can be credited as having established biochemistry through his pioneering chemical work on carbohydrates, amino acids, peptides, and his “lock and key” concept of enzyme action, practically gave it away, saying that proper chemists should not deal with compounds they cannot properly isolate, purify, crystallize, and analyze by the classical methods of his time.

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