A life of magic chemistry : autobiographical reflections by George A. Olah, Thomas Mathew

By George A. Olah, Thomas Mathew

The autobiography of a Nobel Prize winner, this booklet tells us approximately George Olah's attention-grabbing learn into super robust superacids and the way it yielded the typical time period "magic acids." Olah courses us via his lengthy and memorable trip, from Budapest to Cleveland to la, with a stopover in Stockholm. This up-to-date autobiography of a Nobel Prize winner George A. Olah:

  • Chronicles the prestigious profession of a chemist whose paintings in a extensive diversity of chemistry parts, and such a lot significantly that during methane chemistry, ended in applied sciences that effect the processing and software of different fuels
  • Is in response to Olah's paintings on tremendous powerful superacids and the way they yielded the typical time period, "magic acids"
  • Details occasions because the book of the 1st version in 2000
  • Inspires readers with information on Dr. Olah's profitable fresh examine on methanol, meant to assist supply an answer to "the oil problem"

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This was subsequently disproved by Humphry Davy, who in 1810 showed that hydrochloric acid did not contain oxygen. Lavoisier himself followed up his studies on combustion, discrediting the phlogiston theory with an effort to put chemistry on firm ground by suggesting an entirely new nomenclature to bring the definitions derived from increasing experimental facts into the general context of chemistry. , named acids, and their derived substances, that is, salts. Through this new naming system (much of it still in use) Lavoisier also put the principles of chemistry on which it was based into common practice.

Chemistry does not deal with either the infinitely small world of subatomic physics or the cosmological mysteries of the infinitely large cosmos, although extraterrestrial chemistry is involved in the material universe. Chemistry does not directly deal with the living world, but it is essential for our continued understanding of the world at the molecular level. Chemistry is thus also essential to our understanding of other sciences and is recognized to be the central science bridging physics and biology, drawing on the basic principles of physics while enabling us to understand biological systems and processes at the molecular level.

The sciences, as discussed, are concerned with knowledge and understanding of nature, the physical world, and the forces, laws, and rules governing them. For science to move forward to new levels of understanding, we need to advance creative new ideas, concepts, and theories and to explore their reality. In this sense, science essentially is not much different from the concepts or thoughts of the humanities and letters or forms of selfexpression in the arts, music, etc. Arts, humanities, and creative sciences are closely related, even if this is not always fully recognized.

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