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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 warfare II within the Budapest Opera residence 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 leading edge scientist, George Olah is actually one-of-a-kind, whose striking learn into tremendous robust acids and their new chemistry yielded what's now generally called superacidic "magic acid chemistry."A lifetime of Magic Chemistry is an intimate examine the various trips that George Olah has traveled-from his early study and educating in Hungary, to his movement to North the US the place, in the course of his years in undefined, he persisted his examine of the elusive cations of carbon, to his go back to academia in Cleveland, and, ultimately, his circulation to la, the place he equipped the Loker Hydrocarbon examine Institute to discover new strategies to the grave challenge of the world's diminishing usual oil and gasoline 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 means of exertions, mind's eye, and unending quests for discovery-which finally resulted in the Nobel Prize. Intertwining his examine and instructing with a different own writing sort really makes a lifetime of Magic Chemistry a fascinating learn. His autobiography not just touches on his exhilarating existence and pursuit for brand new chemistry but additionally displays at the broader which means of technological know-how in our perpetual look for figuring out and information.

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One of the main branches is organic chemistry, which originally dealt with compounds that were obtained from (or related to) living organisms but is now generally recognized to be the chemistry of the compounds of carbon or, more precisely, of hydrocarbons (compounds of carbon and hydrogen) and their derivatives. , hydrocarbons and their derivatives). In biochemistry, the compounds and chemical reactions involved in processes of living systems are studied. Biological chemistry (more recently also chemical biology) involves the chemistry of biological systems.

My father, Gyula Olah, was a lawyer. My mother, Magda Krasznai, came from a family in the southern part of the country and fled to the capital, Budapest, at the end of World War I, when it became part of Yugoslavia. Growing up in Budapest between the two World Wars in a middleclass family provided a rather pleasant childhood. Budapest was and still is a beautiful city. It is the only major city on the Danube through which the river flows through its middle in its true majesty. You can be in Vienna without necessarily realizing that it is also located on the Danube, as the river flows only through the outskirts.

Budapest between the two World Wars was a vibrant, cultured city with excellent theaters, concert halls, opera house, and museums. The city consisted of ten districts. The working-class industrial outskirts of Pest had their row-houses, whereas the middle-class inner city had quite imposing apartment buildings. The upper classes and aristocracy lived in their villas in the hills of Buda. Some of the social separation, however, was mitigated in the schools. There were remarkably good schools in Budapest, although as with much else it cannot be said that there was a uniformly high level of G R O W I N G U P I N H U N G A RY ࡗ 41 education across the country.

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