By George A. Olah, Thomas Mathew
The autobiography of a Nobel Prize winner, this ebook tells us approximately George Olah's interesting study 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 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 variety of chemistry parts, and such a lot significantly that during methane chemistry, ended in applied sciences that impression the processing and software of different fuels
- Is in line with Olah's paintings on super powerful superacids and the way they yielded the typical time period, "magic acids"
- Details occasions because the book of the 1st variation in 2000
- Inspires readers with information on Dr. Olah's profitable fresh examine on methanol, meant to aid supply an answer to "the oil problem"
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