By Istvan Hargittai, Magdolna Hargittai
During this ebook, 36 well-known chemists, together with 18 Nobel laureates, inform approximately their lives in technology, the beginnings in their careers, their aspirations, and their hardships and triumphs. The reader will find out about their seminal discoveries, and the conversations within the ebook carry out the humanity of those nice scientists. NMR spectroscopy, computational chemistry, the drama of buckminsterfullerene, the tale of the capsule, the politics of atmospheric chemistry and the resonance conception, the beginnings of molecular mechanics and glossy stereochemistry are examples of the themes mentioned first-hand through, in all probability, the main acceptable individuals.
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That was a strain of tubercle bacilli originally prepared at the Institut Pasteur by these two French bacteriologists. One distinguishes three principal strains of tubercle bacilli according to the host for which they are virulent: human, bovine, and avian. BCG had been derived originally from bovine tubercle bacilli by subjecting cultures to an elaborate weakening process until virulence was said to be lost. It was at that time a much used vaccine. Considering the poisonous atmosphere prevailing in Germany in the early thirties it was to be expected that the Lubeck catastrophe would be the cause of much Erwin Chargaff 21 anti-French and Nazi propaganda, the more so, since some of the physicians involved in the trial were Jewish.
For possibilities, of course, I considered not only Austria but Germany as well. The first year, I went to both the University and the Technical University. I started out with chemistry at the Technical University and at the same time linguistics at the University. After one year, I recognized that it was too much for me to be in two places and I moved to Chemistry at the University. Eventually my thesis was on organic silver complexes. My sponsor was Fritz Feigl. Biochemistry barely existed at that early time.
24] The natural sciences are furiously writing on second volumes of which there exist neither the first nor the last.  In the end, we know nearly everything about nearly nothing.  Humanity has an enormous capacity to disregard the incomprehensible. ~311 30 Hargittai, Candid Science We humanize things, but we reify man.  Through each of the great scientific-technological exploits, the points of contact between humanity and reality are diminished irreversibly. [ 331 What members of an academy of science have in common is a certain form of semi-parasitic living.