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In a series of self-contained essays, Hargittai (chemistry, Budapest U. of Technology and Economics) interweaves his life experiences into his encounters with scientists from Nobel Laureates to those toiling in the shadows. Hargittai, a childhood Holocaust survivor, describes his life in Hungary, occupied first by Nazi Germany and then by the USSR, and his visits to the US. As he does so, he describes the lives and work of people he met who have dedicated their lives to science out of intense curiosity, a need for identity within the scientific community, and a compulsion to participate actively in the advancement of knowledge. He gives surprising insights into the different ways scientists came into renown or obscurity, and the forces that drive them into one discipline or another. The result is a series of revelations about his life, and those of people who take the same road less traveled. Distributed in the US by ISBS. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Istvan Hargittai is Professor of Chemistry of the Budapest University of Technology and Economics.
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Book Description Akademiai Kiado, 2005. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M9630581019