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By George A. Olah, Thomas Mathew

ISBN-10: 1118839900

ISBN-13: 9781118839904

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The autobiography of a Nobel Prize winner, this booklet tells us approximately George Olah's attention-grabbing examine into super 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 wide variety of chemistry components, and such a lot 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 powerful superacids and the way they yielded the typical time period, "magic acids"
  • Details occasions because the e-book of the 1st variation in 2000
  • Inspires readers with information on Dr. Olah's winning fresh learn on methanol, meant to aid offer an answer to "the oil problem"

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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.

At the beginning of the nineteenth century, Dalton got chemistry on the path of atomic theory with his book, A New System of Chemical Philosophy, in which he argued that unbreakable atoms form compounds by linking with other atoms in simple wholenumber proportions. It was at the end of the nineteenth century that Thomson discovered the existence of particles a thousand times smaller C H E M I S T R Y ♦ 33 than the smallest atom. When it was found that these particles carry negative charge and are the fundamental unit of electricity, they were called electrons.

Giants such as Bunsen, Kolbe, Baeyer, and Emil Fischer built a powerful tradition of synthetic and structural organic chemistry in the nineteenth century but at the same time tended to show significant antipathy toward any particular theory, despite the fact that physical chemistry created at the same time by Oswald and others made great progress. Liebig’s student, Kekul´e, however, was the most significant exception. His systematic classification of organic compounds led him to the realization of carbon’s attribute of combining with four atoms or groups, just as oxygen binds to two atoms or groups.

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