Budapest Scientific: A Guidebook

Hardcover | March 18, 2015

byIstvan Hargittai, Magdolna Hargittai

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This guidebook introduces the reader to the visible memorabilia of science and scientists in Budapest - statues, busts, plaques, buildings, and other artefacts. According to the Hungarian-American Nobel laureate Albert Szent-Gyorgyi, this metropolis at the crossroads of Europe has a specialatmosphere of respect for science. It has been the venue of numerous scientific achievements and the cradle, literally, of many individuals who in Hungary, and even more beyond its borders, became world-renowned contributors to science and culture. Six of the eight chapters of the book cover the Hungarian Nobel laureates, the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, the university, the medical school, agricultural sciences, and technology and engineering. One chapter is about selected secondary schools from which seven Nobel laureates (Szent-Gyorgyi, deHevesy, Wigner, Gabor, Harsanyi, Olah, and Kertesz) and the five "Martians of Science" (von Karman, Szilard, Wigner, von Neumann, and Teller) had graduated. The concluding chapter is devoted to scientist martyrs of the Holocaust.A special feature in surveying Hungarian science is the contributions of scientists that left their homeland before their careers blossomed and made their seminal discoveries elsewhere, especially in Great Britain and the United States. The book covers the memorabilia referring to both emigrescientists and those that remained in Hungary.The discussion is informative and entertaining. The coverage is based on the visible memorabilia, which are not necessarily proportional with achievements. Therefore, there is a caveat that one could not compile a history of science relying solely on the presence of the memorabilia.

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This guidebook introduces the reader to the visible memorabilia of science and scientists in Budapest - statues, busts, plaques, buildings, and other artefacts. According to the Hungarian-American Nobel laureate Albert Szent-Gyorgyi, this metropolis at the crossroads of Europe has a specialatmosphere of respect for science. It has been...

Istvan Hargittai, PhD, DSc, is Professor Emeritus (active) of the Budapest University of Technology and Economics. He is a member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and the Academia Europaea (London) and a foreign member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. He has honorary doctorates from Moscow State University, the Uni...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.98 inPublished:March 18, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198719078

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1. Albert Szent-Gyorgyi: Romanticism and Reality2. Istvan Szechenyi: Learned Society3. Lorand Eotvos: Universitas4. Ignac Semmelweis: Medicine5. Pal Kitaibel: Agricultural Science6. Theodore von Karman: Engineering and Innovation7. Laszlo Ratz: Schools of Creativity8. Gedeon Richter: Martyrs and SaviorsDistrict-by-District