By (author) George A. Olah
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Magic Chemistry by George A. Olah
Book DescriptionThe fascinating autobiographical reflections of Nobel Prize winner George Olah How did a young man who grew up in Hungary between the two World Wars go from cleaning rubble and moving pianos at the end of World War II in the Budapest Opera House to winning the Nobel Prize in Chemistry? George Olah takes us on a remarkable journey from Budapest to Cleveland to Los Angeles-with a stopover in Stockholm, of course. An innovative scientist, George Olah is truly one of a kind, whose amazing research into extremely strong acids and their new chemistry yielded what is now commonly known as superacidic "magic acid chemistry." A Life of Magic Chemistry is an intimate look at the many journeys that George Olah has traveled-from his early research and teaching in Hungary, to his move to North America where, during his years in industry, he continued his study of the elusive cations of carbon, to his return to academia in Cleveland, and, finally, his move to Los Angeles, where he built the Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute to find new solutions to the grave problem of the world's diminishing natural oil and gas resources and to mitigate global warming by recycling carbon dioxide into hydrocarbon fuels and products. Professor Olah invites the reader to enjoy the story of his remarkable path-marked by hard work, imagination, and never-ending quests for discovery-which eventually led to the Nobel Prize. Intertwining his research and teaching with a unique personal writing style truly makes A Life of Magic Chemistry an engaging read. His autobiography not only touches on his exhilarating life and pursuit for new chemistry but also reflects on the broader meaning of science in our perpetual search for understanding and knowledge.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780471157434
(244mm x 164mm x 24mm)
Imprint: John Wiley & Sons Inc
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Publish Date: 16-Jan-2001
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author George A. Olah
Life of Magic Chemistry, Hardback (June 2015)
The autobiography of a Nobel Prize winner, this book tells us about George Olah's fascinating research into extremely strong superacids and how it yielded the common term "magic acids. " Olah guides us through his long and remarkable journey, from Budapest to Cleveland to Los Angeles, with a stopover in Stockholm.
Hypercarbon Chemistry, Hardback (August 2011)
This book is a comprehensive and contemporary treatment of the chemistry of alkanes, alkenes, dienes, acetylenes and aromatics. It covers all major aspects of the chemistry involved in hydrocarbon transformations.
Beyond Oil and Gas, Paperback (September 2009)» View all books by George A. Olah
The world is currently consuming about 85 million barrels of oil a day, and about two-thirds as much natural gas equivalent, both derived from non-renewable natural sources. In the foreseeable future, our energy needs will come from any available alternate source.
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Author Biography - George A. Olah
GEORGE A. OLAH, PhD, was awarded the 1994 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work in hydrocarbon chemistry. Professor Olah is Director of the Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.
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