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Hargittai, István

Overview
Works: 133 works in 761 publications in 3 languages and 23,819 library holdings
Genres: Biography  History  Interviews  Pictorial works 
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
Candid science : conversations with famous chemists by István Hargittai( )

33 editions published between 2000 and 2003 in English and Spanish and held by 2,975 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this book, 36 famous chemists, including 18 Nobel laureates, tell 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. NMR spectroscopy, computational chemistry, the drama of buckminsterfullerene, the story of the Pill, the politics of atmospheric chemistry and the resonance theory, the beginnings of molecular mechanics and modern stereochemistry are examples of the topics discussed first-han
Symmetry through the eyes of a chemist by István Hargittai( Book )

70 editions published between 1986 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,849 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Symmetry through the Eyes of a Chemist" surveys chemistry from the point of view of symmetry. The authors present many examples from chemistry as well as from other fields to emphasize the unifying nature of the symmetry concept. The aim has been to provide aesthetic pleasure in addition to learning experience. The structure of the successful earlier editions is retained. This edition has been further revised to contain streamlined text and updated illustrative material. The sections dealing with biopolymers and quasicrystals have been expanded
The road to Stockholm : Nobel Prizes, science, and scientists by István Hargittai( )

22 editions published between 2002 and 2007 in English and held by 1,677 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
Candid science V : conversations with famous scientists by Balazs Hargittai( )

17 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 1,666 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
Candid science VI : more conversations with famous scientists by István Hargittai( )

12 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 1,585 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
Candid science II : conversations with famous biomedical scientists by István Hargittai( )

13 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and held by 1,530 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This invaluable book contains 36 interviews, including 26 with Nobel laureates. It presents a cross-section of biomedical science, a field that has been dominant in science for the past half century. The in-depth conversations cover important research areas and discoveries, as well as the roads to these discoveries, including aspects of the scientists' work that never saw publication. They also bring out the humanness of the famous scientists - the reader learns about their backgrounds, aspirations, failings, and triumphs. The book is illustrated with snapshots of the conversations and photos provided by the interviewees. It is a follow-up to the critically acclaimed Candid Science: Conversations with Famous Chemists, by the same author
Visual symmetry by Magdolna Hargittai( )

19 editions published between 2005 and 2009 in English and Hungarian and held by 1,516 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
The DNA doctor : candid conversations with James D. Watson by István Hargittai( )

19 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 1,345 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
Candid science IV : conversations with famous physicists by Magdolna Hargittai( )

15 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 1,147 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Martians of Science : five physicists who changed the twentieth century by István Hargittai( Book )

21 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 1,020 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

If science has the equivalent of a Bloomsbury group, it is the five men born at the turn of the twentieth century in Budapest: Theodore von Karman, Leo Szilard, Eugene Wigner, John von Neumann, and Edward Teller. From Hungary to Germany to the United States, they remained friends and continued to work together and influence each other throughout their lives. As a result, their work was integral to some of the most important scientific and political developments of the twentieth century. They were an extraordinary group of talents. Wigner won a Nobel rize in theoretical physics. Szilard was the first to see that a chain reaction based on neutrons was possible, and he initiated the Manhattan Project, but he left physics to try to restrict nuclear arms. Von Neumann could solve difficult problems in his head and developed the modern computer for more complex problems. Von Kármán became the first director of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, providing the scientific basis for the U.S. Air Force. Teller was the father of the hydrogen bomb, whose name is now synonymous with the controversial Star Wars initiative in the 1980s. Each was fiercly opinionated and poltically active, and they all fought against all forms of totalitarianism. István 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. -- from dust jacket
Symmetry : a unifying concept by István Hargittai( Book )

13 editions published between 1994 and 2000 in English and Undetermined and held by 510 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explains and illustrates some fifteen aspects of symmetry-related subjects
Buried glory : portraits of Soviet scientists by István Hargittai( Book )

9 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 425 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
Judging Edward Teller : a closer look at one of the most influential scientists of the twentieth century by István Hargittai( Book )

6 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 392 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 held by 363 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
Spiral symmetry by István Hargittai( Book )

21 editions published between 1991 and 2000 in English and Undetermined and held by 346 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
Symmetry : unifying human understanding by István Hargittai( Book )

25 editions published between 1986 and 1989 in English and Undetermined and held by 346 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

International Series in Modern Applied Mathematics and Computer Science, Volume 10: Symmetry: Unifying Human Understanding provides a tremendous scope of "symmetry”, covering subjects from fractals through court dances to crystallography and literature.This book discusses the limits of perfection, symmetry as an aesthetic factor, extension of the Neumann-Minnigerode-Curie principle, and symmetry of point imperfections in solids. The symmetry rules for chemical reactions, matching and symmetry of graphs, mosaic patterns of H. J. Woods, and bilateral symmetry in insects are also elaborated. This
The VSEPR model of molecular geometry by Ronald J Gillespie( Book )

19 editions published between 1991 and 2012 in English and held by 316 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"--
Accurate molecular structures : their determination and importance( Book )

12 editions published between 1991 and 2002 in English and held by 282 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Great minds : reflections of 111 top scientists by Balazs Hargittai( Book )

4 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 279 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
In our own image : personal symmetry in discovery by István Hargittai( Book )

12 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 272 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
 
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Candid science V : conversations with famous scientists
Alternative Names
Hargittai, I.

Hargittai, I. 1941-

Hargittai, I. (István)

Hargittai István

István Hargittai

István Hargittai chimico ungherese

István Hargittai chimiste hongrois

István Hargittai Hongaars universitair docent (1941-)

István Hargittai Hungarian chemist and author

István Hargittai ungarischer Chemiker

Харгиттаи, И 1941-

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Symmetry through the eyes of a chemistThe road to Stockholm : Nobel Prizes, science, and scientistsCandid science V : conversations with famous scientistsCandid science VI : more conversations with famous scientistsCandid science II : conversations with famous biomedical scientistsVisual symmetryThe DNA doctor : candid conversations with James D. WatsonCandid science IV : conversations with famous physicists