By George A. Olah, Thomas Mathew
The autobiography of a Nobel Prize winner, this e-book tells us approximately George Olah's attention-grabbing examine into super 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 l. a., with a stopover in Stockholm. This up to date autobiography of a Nobel Prize winner George A. Olah:
- Chronicles the prestigious occupation of a chemist whose paintings in a huge variety of chemistry components, and such a lot particularly that during methane chemistry, ended in applied sciences that influence the processing and software of other fuels
- Is in keeping with Olah's paintings on tremendous powerful superacids and the way they yielded the typical time period, "magic acids"
- Details occasions because the booklet of the 1st variation in 2000
- Inspires readers with info on Dr. Olah's winning fresh examine on methanol, meant to aid offer an answer to "the oil problem"
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Chemists are satisfied how atoms of the different elements could form from the initial enormous energy of the big bang explosion, without, however, the need to concerning themselves with the reason for its origin. Atoms subsequently can combine into molecules, which in turn build increasingly complex systems and materials, including those of the living systems. This is the area of the chemists’ interest. The second great advance of twentieth century physics came in the form of quantum theory. Quantum theory deals only with probabilities.
It is necessary to be well prepared and able to pursue the science of frequently broad and complex fields with all the skills and knowledge acquired through solid education. In my field of chemistry, “magic” certainly comes only very rarely and even then generally only coupled with consistent, hard work and study. Ideas, of course, are the essence of new discoveries, but at the same time one must be well prepared to realize which has merit and significance, as well as be able to stay the course to follow them through.
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. It should be emphasized that all of science represents one entity. The understanding of the laws and principles of physics provides the foundation of our understanding not only of the limitless universe but also of the small elemental particles, the atoms that are the building blocks of the molecules and compounds of the chemist.