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By George A. Olah

ISBN-10: 0471157430

ISBN-13: 9780471157434

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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 cross from cleansing rubble and relocating pianos on the finish of global conflict II within the Budapest Opera apartment to profitable the Nobel Prize in Chemistry? George Olah takes us on a awesome trip from Budapest to Cleveland to Los Angeles-with a stopover in Stockholm, in fact. An cutting edge scientist, George Olah is actually one-of-a-kind, whose impressive examine into super powerful 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 numerous trips that George Olah has traveled-from his early learn and educating in Hungary, to his circulation to North the US the place, in the course of his years in undefined, he endured his learn of the elusive cations of carbon, to his go back to academia in Cleveland, and, eventually, his stream to la, the place he outfitted the Loker Hydrocarbon learn Institute to discover new options to the grave challenge of the world's diminishing average oil and fuel assets and to mitigate worldwide warming through recycling carbon dioxide into hydrocarbon fuels and items. Professor Olah invitations the reader to benefit from the tale of his amazing path-marked through exertions, mind's eye, and unending quests for discovery-which finally ended in the Nobel Prize. Intertwining his learn and educating with a special own writing sort actually makes a lifetime of Magic Chemistry an enticing learn. His autobiography not just touches on his exhilarating lifestyles and pursuit for brand spanking new chemistry but in addition displays at the broader that means of technological know-how in our perpetual look for realizing and data.

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Rutherford’s dynamic orbiting model, however, was unable to answer the question of why the moving charged particles (electrons), according to classical requirements of physics, do not lose energy and collapse into the nucleus. It was Bohr who subsequently linked Rutherford’s atom with Planck’s concept that energy, not unlike heat or light, is not continuous as Newton thought but exists in discrete quanta. Bohr developed his model of the atom in which electrons travel around the nucleus in circular orbits but only certain-sized orbits are possible, and these are determined by quantum rules.

Two electrons, however, can be shared simultaneously not only by two atoms but, as shown in Lipscomb’s extensive studies of boron compounds (Nobel Prize in chemistry, 1976), also by three atoms (2e-3c bond). It was my good fortune to realize that similar bonding is also possible in general with electrondeficient carbon (see Chapter 10). Kekule´’s original concept that carbon can bind no more than four other atoms was thus extended into the new area of hypercarbon chemistry. Chemistry as it was realized substantially derives from the interaction of electrons.

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. These laws and principles also explain the forces that combine atoms (referred by chemists as chemical bonds) as well as the physical basis of valence.

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