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By George A. Olah

The attention-grabbing autobiographical reflections of Nobel Prize winner George OlahHow did a tender guy who grew up in Hungary among the 2 global Wars pass from cleansing rubble and relocating pianos on the finish of worldwide conflict II within the Budapest Opera residence to profitable the Nobel Prize in Chemistry? George Olah takes us on a awesome trip from Budapest to Cleveland to Los Angeles-with a stopover in Stockholm, after all. An cutting edge scientist, George Olah is actually unique, whose notable learn into super 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 various trips that George Olah has traveled-from his early examine and instructing in Hungary, to his movement to North the United States the place, in the course of his years in undefined, he endured his learn of the elusive cations of carbon, to his go back to academia in Cleveland, and, eventually, his stream to l. a., the place he equipped the Loker Hydrocarbon examine Institute to discover new ideas to the grave challenge of the world's diminishing average oil and fuel assets and to mitigate worldwide warming by means of recycling carbon dioxide into hydrocarbon fuels and items. Professor Olah invitations the reader to benefit from the tale of his striking path-marked by way of exertions, mind's eye, and endless quests for discovery-which ultimately resulted in the Nobel Prize. Intertwining his examine and instructing with a special own writing sort really makes a lifetime of Magic Chemistry an attractive learn. His autobiography not just touches on his exhilarating lifestyles and pursuit for brand new chemistry but additionally displays at the broader which means of technology in our perpetual look for realizing and information.

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The standards of theatrical and musical life were also extremely high. Franz Liszt (a native Hungarian who achieved his fame as a virtuoso pianist and composer) established a Music Conservatory in Budapest around 1870, which turned out scores of highly talented graduates, including such composers as Kodaly and Bartok and conductors such as Doraty, Ormandy, Solti, and Szell. Good teachers can have a great influence on their students. As I mentioned, besides the classics, humanities, history, and languages I also received a good education in mathematics and had some inspiring science teachers.

As I mentioned, besides the classics, humanities, history, and languages I also received a good education in mathematics and had some inspiring science teachers. I particularly remember my physics teacher, Jozsef ¨ veges, who I understand later introduced the first television science O programs in Hungary, which made him well known and extremely popular. He was a very inspiring teacher who used simple but ingenious experiments to liven up his lectures. I must confess that I do not remember my chemistry teacher, who must have made less of an impression on me.

I particularly remember my physics teacher, Jozsef ¨ veges, who I understand later introduced the first television science O programs in Hungary, which made him well known and extremely popular. He was a very inspiring teacher who used simple but ingenious experiments to liven up his lectures. I must confess that I do not remember my chemistry teacher, who must have made less of an impression on me. When a friend received a chemistry set for Christmas one year, we started some experiments in the basement of his home.

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