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Hargittai, István

Works: 120 works in 706 publications in 5 languages and 23,357 library holdings
Genres: Biography  History  Interviews  Pictorial works  Anecdotes  Popular works  Periodicals 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Contributor
Classifications: QD461, 541.22
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Most widely held works about István Hargittai
Most widely held works by István Hargittai
Symmetry through the eyes of a chemist by István Hargittai( Book )

69 editions published between 1986 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,307 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Symmetry through the Eyes of a Chemist, 3rd Edition Magdolna Hargittai and István Hargittai are PhD's (Eötvös University), DSc's (Hungarian Academy of Sciences), and Dr.h.c.'s (University of North Carolina). They are currently affiliated with the Department of Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry and Materials Structure and Modeling Research Group of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics. They are also members of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and the Academia Europaea (London). Reviews of previous editions "This has to be the most delightful book on symmetry ever written!" F.L. Pilar, Elementary Quantum Chemistry "The book gives a fascinating overview of the rich variety of applications of symmetry, showing both its power and its aesthetic appeal." Science "Education by aesthetic appeal." Nature "The cosmopolitan eye... good-humored and clearly delighted by diversity, informs this entire book. The work offers a broad new perspective." Scientific American "In the refreshing style of scientists with an almost renaissance versatility." New Scientist "This beautiful book... looks at symmetry as a unifying theme in the nature of things." Mathematical Reviews " the reader a broad perspective..." The Mathematical Intelligencer "An outstanding book that succeeds admirably on a number of levels..." Bowker's Good Reading "I warmly recommend it to all chemists." Journal of Chemical Education "Succeeds not only in demonstrating how central [in] the study of all fields of chemistry symmetry consideration [is] but how these same concepts of symmetry can be traced through all our cultural traditions unifying and contrasting diverse endeavors in literature, music, and art." Journal of the American Chemical Society "The which I shall return frequently and with considerable pleasure." Chemistry and Industry
Candid science : conversations with famous chemists by István Hargittai( Book )

48 editions published between 2000 and 2004 in 3 languages and held by 891 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this invaluable book, 36 famous chemists, including 18 Nobel laureates, tell the reader about their lives in science, the beginnings of their careers, their aspirations, and their hardships and triumphs. The reader will learn about their seminal discoveries, and the conversations in the book bring out the humanity of these great scientists. Highlighted in the stories are the discovery of new elements and compounds, the VSEPR model, computational chemistry, organic synthesis, natural products, polysaccharides, supramolecular chemistry, peptide synthesis, combinatorial chemistry, X-ray crysta
The Martians of Science : five physicists who changed the twentieth century by István Hargittai( Book )

18 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 639 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Istvan Hargittai, as a young Hungarian physical chemist, had the opportunity to get to know some of these great men in their later years, and the depth of information and human interest in The Martians of Science is the result of his personal relationships with the subjects, their families, and their contemporaries."--Jacket
Symmetry : a unifying concept by István Hargittai( Book )

11 editions published between 1994 and 2000 in English and held by 509 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Verhandeling over verschillende vormen van symmetrie
Symmetry : unifying human understanding by István Hargittai( Book )

48 editions published between 1986 and 1998 in 3 languages and held by 503 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Symmetry 2 aims to present an overview of the contemporary status of symmetry studies, particularly in the arts and sciences, emphasizing both its role and importance. Symmetry is not only one of the fundamental concepts in science, but is also possibly the best unifying concept between various branches of science, the arts and other human activities. Whereas symmetry has been considered important for centuries primarily for its aesthetic appeal, this century has witnessed a dramatic enhancement of its status as a cornerstone in the sciences. In addition to traditionally symmetry-oriented fields such as crystallography and spectroscopy, the concept has made headway in fields as varied as reaction chemistry, nuclear physics, and the study of the origin of the universe. The book was initiated in response to the success of the first volume, which not only received good reviews, but received the award for "The Best Single Issue of a Journal" by the Association of American Publishers for 1986. The second volume extends the application of symmetry to new fields, such as medical sciences and economics, as well as investigating further certain topics introduced in Symmetry. The book is extensively illustrated and with over 64 contributions from 16 countries presents an international overview of the nature and diversity of symmetry studies today
The road to Stockholm : Nobel Prizes, science, and scientists by István Hargittai( Book )

22 editions published between 2002 and 2007 in English and held by 436 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Nobel Prizes enjoy enormous prestige throughout the world. Every year, science is propelled into the limelight, and in October, when the prizes are announced, and December, when they are awarded at a ceremony in Stockholm, a chosen few scientists acquire celebrity status and their science receives wide coverage in the news media. First awarded in 1901, the Nobel Prize remains the only science prize widely recognized by the general public." "What sort of scientists become Nobel laureates? How are they chosen? Are there features common to them, and to their prize-winning research? These sorts of questions have long intrigued Istvan Hargittai and seeking answers, he began interviewing Nobel prize-winning scientists about their careers. Some 70 laureates, and a similar number of other distinguished scientists, have been interviewed, most of them during the late 1990s, and the result is this book." "Written for a general readership, The Road to Stockholm illuminates the nature of scientific discovery, the Nobel Prize selection process, the factors common to award-winning research, and the effects of the Nobel Prize on science itself. Here are stories of scientists who overcame adversity, eventually to win the Prize; insights into the importance of the laureate's mentor in earlier life, and into the significance of the location where prize-winning research is carried out; and a variety of responses to the question: what first turned you to science? No less fascinating are the well-publicised examples of deserving (in many eyes) scientists who were not awarded the Nobel Prize, and Professor Hargittai devotes a chapter to them."--Jacket
Judging Edward Teller : a closer look at one of the most influential scientists of the twentieth century by István Hargittai( Book )

7 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 391 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Many people know Edward Teller as the "Father of the H-Bomb." His name tends to generate extreme views. To his supporters he was a hero of the Cold War. To his detractors he was evil personified. Between these extremes was the life of the real man. In this definitive and comprehensive biography, Hungarian scientist Istvan Hargittai, a personal acquaintance of Teller's, presents a balanced portrait of the multifaceted and enigmatic scientist against the backdrop of a turbulent period of history. Taking pains to avoid bias and preconceptions, Hargittai critically examines Teller's personality, family background, and the experiences that guided his actions--correcting many of the myths that others and Teller himself promulgated. Drawing for the first time on hitherto unknown archival material from Hungarian, American, and German sources, the author provides fresh insights that help the reader to understand Teller's motivations, his relationships with friends and foes, and his driven personality. In addition to this research and his own memories of Teller, Hargittai has interviewed for this book such prominent figures as Richard Garwin, Freeman Dyson, George A. Keyworth, and Wendy Teller (Edward Teller's daughter), among others" -- Publisher description
Drive and curiosity : what fuels the passion for science by István Hargittai( Book )

6 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 353 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Uncovers a singular personality characteristic, motivational factor, or circumstance that, in addition to their extraordinary drive and curiosity, led fifteen eminent scientists to achieve some of the most notable discoveries of the twentieth century
The VSEPR model of molecular geometry by Ronald J Gillespie( Book )

21 editions published between 1991 and 2012 in English and Italian and held by 326 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Valence Shell Electron Pair Repulsion (VSEPR) theory is a simple technique for predicting the geometry of atomic centers in small molecules and molecular ions. This authoritative reference, written by the developer of VSEPR theory features extensive coverage of structural information as well as theory and applications. Helpful data on molecular geometries, bond lengths, and band angles appear in tables and other graphics. 1991 edition"--
Spiral symmetry by István Hargittai( Book )

20 editions published between 1991 and 2000 in English and Undetermined and held by 319 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the tiny twisted biological molecules to the gargantuan curling arms of many galaxies, the physical world contains a startling repetition of spiral patterns. Today, researchers have a keen interest in identifying, measuring, and defining these patterns in scientific terms. Spirals play an important role in the growth processes of many biological forms and organisms. Also, through time, humans have imitated spiral motifs in their art forms, and invented new and unusual spirals which have no counterparts in the natural world. Therefore, one goal of this multiauthored book is to stress the conspicuous role that spirals play in science, and to show the reader how to create such spirals using a computer. Another goal is to show how simple mathematical formulas can reveal magnificent shapes and images. This interdisciplinary book revolves around a common theme, spiral symmetry, and is intended for scientists, humanists, and interested laypeople
Accurate molecular structures : their determination and importance( Book )

11 editions published between 1991 and 1992 in English and held by 285 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Candid science II : conversations with famous biomedical scientists by István Hargittai( Book )

13 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and Undetermined and held by 277 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Buried glory : portraits of Soviet scientists by István Hargittai( Book )

9 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 230 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A chronicle of the lives of twelve notable and celebrated Soviet scientists from the Cold War era, a time of great scientific achievement in the USSR
In our own image : personal symmetry in discovery by István Hargittai( Book )

10 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 215 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book inquires into the nature of scientific discovery. The focus is on six personalities and six scientific fields: Johannes Kepler and modeling, Buckminster Fuller and molecules, Linus Pauling and helices of biological systems, A. Kitaiigorodskii and packing of shapes, D.J. Bernal and quasicrystals, and Pierre Curie and symmetry breaking. Excerpts from conversations with 40 leading scientists, including 17 Nobel laureates, enliven the discussion. Culture and science blend inseparably in this book and natural curiosity is the only prerequisite to enjoy it. The award winning authors created this book for the interested general public and it is illustrated by striking images
Candid science V : conversations with famous scientists by Balazs Hargittai( Book )

17 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 211 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Candid Science V: Conversations with Famous Scientists contains 36interviews with well-known scientists, including 19 Nobel laureates, Wolf Prize winners, and other luminaries. These in-depth conversationsprovide a glimpse into the greatest achievements in science during thepast few decades, featuring stories of the discoveries, and showingthe human drama behind them
The DNA doctor : candid conversations with James D. Watson by István Hargittai( Book )

18 editions published in 2007 in English and Undetermined and held by 184 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Three in-depth conversations with the Nobel laureate co-discoverer of the double helix and the first director of the Human Genome Project cover a wide range of topics, including progress in science, the scientist's role in modern life, women in science, scientific ethics, terrorism, religion, multiculturalism, and more
Great minds : reflections of 111 top scientists by Balazs Hargittai( Book )

4 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 181 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of interviews with 111 notable scientists, whose disciplines range from physics to chemistry to the biosciences, collected throughout the last 25 years
Candid science VI : more conversations with famous scientists by István Hargittai( Book )

12 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 157 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Candid Science VI" concludes the series by narrating the conversations with famous scientists from the biomedical sciences, chemistry, and physics. There are 31 Nobel laureates and 11 other luminaries among them. The scientists - according to their loosely-defined fields - are, in the biomedical sciences: Francis Crick, Sydney Brenner, Matthew Meselson, Paul M Nurse, R Timothy (Tim) Hunt, Seymour Benzer, Christiane Nusslein-Volhard, Werner Arber, David Baltimore, J Michael Bishop, Harold E Varmus, Peter Mansfield, Avram Hershko, Aaron Ciechanover, Irwin Rose, Alexander Varshavsky, Osamu Hayaishi; in chemistry: Ada Yonath, Isabella Karle, Jerome Karle, Yuan Tseh Lee, Darleane Hoffman; and in physics: Richard L Garwin, Donald A Glaser, Nicholas Kurti, Herbert Kroemer, James Cronin, Wolfgang Panofsky, Burton Richter, Samuel Chao Chung Ting, Martin L Perl, Carlo Rubbia, Simon van der Meer, Douglas D Osheroff, Jack Steinberger, Masatoshi Koshiba, Riccardo Giacconi, Brian D Josephson, Ivar Giaever, Vitaly L Ginzburg, David Gross, and Frank Wilczek
Visual symmetry by Magdolna Hargittai( Book )

19 editions published between 2005 and 2009 in English and Hungarian and held by 127 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Symmetry is as simple or as complicated as we are ready to absorb it in everything around us. From flowers to bridges, buildings, coke machines, and snowflakes; from molecules to walnuts, fences, pine cones, and sunflowers; from music to children's drawings; from hubcaps to bank logos, propellers, wallpaper decorations, and pavements, we recognize it if we walk around with open eyes and an open mind. This book provides aesthetic pleasure and covert education, immersing the reader in both the familiar and the unknown and leading always to unexpected discoveries"--Jacket
Culture of chemistry : the best articles on the human side of 20th-century chemistry from the archives of the Chemical intelligencer by Balazs Hargittai( Book )

7 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 23 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Includes specially selected articles that previously appeared in The Chemical Intelligencer magazine published (1995-2000). Excerpts of these Editor's choice chapters chronicle the culture and history of chemistry, featuring great chemists and discoverers. Contributors from among the best-known authors of the chemistry community, including numerous Nobel laureates. Features behind the scenes stories about pivotal discoveries, intricacies of laboratory life and interactions among scientists, favorite recipes of renowned researchers, life histories and anecdotes. Chapters detail the human side of science but also present scientific information communicated in an easy-to-perceive and entertaining way. This unique book is not only aimed at chemists but individuals who are interested in the cultural aspects of our science
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The Martians of Science : five physicists who changed the twentieth century
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Hargittai, I.

Hargittai, I. 1941-

Hargittai, I. (István)

Hargittai István

István Hargittai

István Hargittai Hungarian chemist and author

István Hargittai ungarischer Chemiker

Харгиттаи, И 1941-

Candid science : conversations with famous chemistsThe Martians of Science : five physicists who changed the twentieth centurySymmetry : a unifying conceptThe road to Stockholm : Nobel Prizes, science, and scientistsJudging Edward Teller : a closer look at one of the most influential scientists of the twentieth centuryDrive and curiosity : what fuels the passion for scienceThe VSEPR model of molecular geometrySpiral symmetry