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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 e-book tells us approximately George Olah's interesting learn into tremendous powerful superacids and the way it yielded the typical time period "magic acids." Olah publications us via his lengthy and memorable 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 prestigious profession of a chemist whose paintings in a extensive variety of chemistry parts, and so much particularly that during methane chemistry, ended in applied sciences that impression the processing and application of different fuels
  • Is in keeping with Olah's paintings on super robust 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 info on Dr. Olah's profitable fresh examine on methanol, meant to aid offer an answer to "the oil problem"

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These days, we consider alchemy a strange and mystical mixture of magic and religion, at best an embryonic form of chemistry but more a pseudo-science. But as Jung pointed out, alchemy was not simply a futile quest to transform base metals into noble gold. ” It was thus in a way a religious quest–not necessarily just a scientific one. Matter and spirit were inseparable to medieval alchemists, and they strove to transform them through these procedures, which amounted to sacramental rites and religious rituals as much as scientific research.

Of course the Bible’s 6 days of creation may not represent the equivalent of today’s earth days but, more probably, periods of possibly very long duration, even billions of years. In any case, evolution cannot, and never attempted to, answer the question of how life originally started. Darwin himself was not initially an atheist but evolution is per se not a religion or belief in faith. Monod’s view that it was only chance that brought about life by forming essential building blocks from innumerable individual atoms is in contradiction with mathematical probability.

Symmetry also plays a significant role in typographical number theory in mathematics. ” At the same time there is a key role of symmetry in the arts expressed by varying examples from the fascinating paintings and graphics of Escher to Bach, who in some of his sonatas managed two (or more) musical lines going simultaneously, in a way creating a musical symmetry effect. As science in some way or other affects practically all aspects of our life, without necessarily attempting to give a deeper understanding of its complexities, it is essential that all educated people in the modern world should have at least a rudimentary education in science.

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