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By George A. Olah, Thomas Mathew

The autobiography of a Nobel Prize winner, this publication tells us approximately George Olah's interesting learn into tremendous robust superacids and the way it yielded the typical time period "magic acids." Olah publications 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 profession of a chemist whose paintings in a large diversity of chemistry components, and so much significantly that during methane chemistry, ended in applied sciences that influence the processing and software of different fuels
  • Is according to Olah's paintings on super robust 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 winning contemporary learn on methanol, meant to aid supply an answer to "the oil problem"

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Thus the phlogiston theory was born to explain all combustion and was widely accepted for most of the eighteenth century by, among others, such luminaries of chemistry as Joseph Priestley. Isolation of gases from calcination of certain minerals (fixed air) and from the air itself represented the next great advance in chemistry. Cavendish studied the preparation of hydrogen, “inflammable air,” as he termed it. ” Independently, and even somewhat before Priestly, the Swedish apothecary Scheele discovered oxygen and pointed out that air could not be an elementary substance as it was composed of two gases, “fire air” or oxygen and “foul air” or nitrogen, according to a ratio of one to three parts by his estimate.

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 ¨ Oveges, who I understand later, introduced the first television science 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.

32 ♦ A L I F E O F M A G I C C H E M I S T R Y Chemists were quick to appreciate Bohr’s model because it provided an extremely clear and simple interpretation of chemistry. It explained the reason behind Mendeleev’s table, that is, the position of each element in the table is nothing other than the number of electrons in the atom of the element, which, of course, represents an equal number of periodic changes in the nucleus. Each subsequent atom has one more electron, and the periodic valence changes reflect the successive filling of the orbital.

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