Voyage Through Time: Walks of Life to the Nobel Prize

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American University in Cairo Press, 1. 1. 2004 - Počet stran: 344
From a beginning in an Egyptian Delta town and the port of Alexandria to the scenic vistas of sunny southern California, Ahmed Zewail takes us on a voyage through time his own life and the split-second world of the femtosecond. In this engaging exposé of his life and work until his receipt of the Nobel Prize in 1999, Zewail explores in non-technical language the landscape of molecules glimpsed on the scale of one quadrillionth of a second: the femtosecond, 0. 000 000 000 000 001 second. Zewail enriches the journey into the strange territory of femtochemistry with insightful analogies and illustrations to aid both the general reader and the scientifically inclined. He likewise draws lessons from his life story so far, and he meditates on the impact the revolution in science has had on our modern world in both developed and developing countries. He suggests a concrete course of action for the world of the have-nots, and ends the book with hope for Egypt in developing the nation's greatest natural resource its youth to build a more promising future, and for America to develop a new vision domestically and internationally.

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List of Illustrations Prologue
First Steps On the Banks of the Nile
The Gate to Science The Alexandria Years
The American Encounter Independence in Philadelphia
California Gold From Berkeley to Pasadena
The Invisible Atom Closeup at Caltech
The Race against Time Six Millennia to Femtotime
Time and Matter The Femtouniverse in Perspective
On the Road to Stockholm Festivities and Fairy Tales
The World of the HaveNots
Walks to the Future My Hope for Egypt and America
Epilogue
Index
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Ahmed Zewail received the Nobel prize for chemistry, unshared, in 1999. He currently occupies the Linus Pauling Chair of Chemistry and he is professor of physics at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in Pasadena. Dr. Zewail has been awarded the Grand Collar of the Nile, Egypt's highest state honor, and more than fifty international degrees and prizes from around the world.

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