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By George A. Olah, Thomas Mathew

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The autobiography of a Nobel Prize winner, this e-book tells us approximately George Olah's attention-grabbing examine into super robust superacids and the way it yielded the typical time period "magic acids." Olah courses us via his lengthy and noteworthy 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 celebrated occupation of a chemist whose paintings in a huge diversity of chemistry components, and so much significantly that during methane chemistry, ended in applied sciences that effect the processing and application of other fuels
  • Is in keeping with Olah's paintings on super 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 information on Dr. Olah's profitable fresh study on methanol, meant to aid supply an answer to "the oil problem"

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His name was Arturo Toscanini. I myself, however, had no musical inclination or talent. It was consequently somewhat amusing that years later, at the end of the war in the spring of 1945, friends made me a “Member of Budapest Opera House,” allowing me to carry a rather official-looking identification card which was even respected by the occupying Soviet military and entitled me to some privileges. ) My duties during my short-lived “operatic” career, however, included only such chores as clearing rubble or moving around pianos and other heavy musical instruments.

In the West, Vincent of Beauvais already remarked that success had not been achieved in making artificial metals identical with the natural ones. Roger Bacon, however, still claimed that with a certain amount of the “philosopher’s stone” he could transmute a million times as much base metal into gold. In the earlier part of the sixteenth century, Paracelsus gave a new direction to alchemy by declaring that its true object was not the making of gold but the preparation of medicines. This union of chemistry with medicine was one characteristic goal of iatrochemists, of whom he was the predecessor.

The outbreak of World War II in September 1939 initially affected our life little. Hungary stayed out of the war until Hitler’s invasion of the Soviet Union in June 1941, when it was pressured to join Germany with disastrous consequences. 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.

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