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Voyage through time : walks of life to the Nobel Prize
Zewail, Ahmed H.
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Cairo, Egypt ; New York : American University in Cairo Press, [2002]

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xii, 287 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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 : close-up 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 -- A personal vision : the world of the have-nots -- Walks to the future : my hope for Egypt and America -- Epilogue : success, is there a formula?
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QD22.Z49 A3 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Ahmed Zewail received the 1999 Nobel Prize in Chemistry "for his studies of the transition states of chemical reactions using femtosecond spectroscopy." (The femtosecond is one quadrillionth of a second.) Essential information about the award is available at the Nobel Web site . This book is Zewail's autobiography; he grew up in Egypt, earned his BS and MS degrees at Egypt's Alexandria University, earned his PhD at the University of Pennsylvania, and is currently professor of chemistry and of physics at the California Institute of Technology, where he holds the Linus Pauling Chair. The book tells the story of his life, his family, his scientific accomplishments, the Nobel award, and his broader cultural reflections, bridging East and West. Thus, the last chapter is titled "Walks to the Future: My Hope for Egypt and America." The book should be accessible to general readers who have some curiosity about science, though chemists will appreciate more of the details and context of the scientific work. Independent scholarly assessment will await future biographers and historians of science. For all levels of readers. A. Viste Augustana College (SD)