THE VOICE OF THE MARTIANS

Hungarian scientists who shaped the 20th century in the West

9 999 Ft

Hungarian scientists were at the center of science and world politics in the 20th century. Their extraordinary talent was mainly due to their unique way of thinking, their renowned teachers at their Hungarian high schools as well as their historical backgrounds. In the West, people explained their inexplicable achievements by saying they had come from Mars. The famous Martians’ special view of life has a message for today’s readers and future generations alike.

In addition to presenting the unprecedented mentality of Hungarian physicists, the book gives an insight into the way their fates were shaped, the background of their scientific achievements, the behind-the-scenes events of their work, and the way the scientific world of the era worked. We get to know the people behind the great names with the help of György Marx’s informal style, and the everlasting cheerfulness, humor, and optimism that run through his anecdotes.

“[…] fortunately, there was a Hungarian in America, Leo Szilard, who was a versatile person. He was even capable of explaining the concept of a nuclear chain reaction to the Americans! Yet there was one thing that even Szilard could not do: drive a car. In the summer of 1939, I was working at Columbia University in New York, just like Szilard. One day, he came up to me and said, ‘Mr. Teller, I am asking you to drive out with me to Einstein.’ […] So, out we drove on August 2. The only problem remaining was that Szilard again did not know where Einstein was staying for the holidays. We started asking around but nobody knew. We asked an eightyear- old girl—she had a nice ponytail—where Einstein was living. She did not know either. Finally, Szilard said, ‘You know he is that old man with long, flowing white hair.’ Then the girl gave us the direction, ‘He’s staying in the second house!’ We entered; Einstein was cordial, offered tea to Szilard, and—being democratic—he invited in the chauffeur as well. Szilard pulled a letter from his pocket addressed to President Roosevelt […]”

Tartalomjegyzék

Foreword for the English Edition ………………………………………………………. 7
Chapter One: Science of Survival ……………………………………………………… 9
Chapter Two: Chain Reaction ……………………………………………………………. 35
Chapter Three: Information ………………………………………………………………. 105
Chapter Four: Take-off ……………………………………………………………………… 135
Chapter Five: The Myth of the Martians …………………………………………….. 163
Chapter Six: Hungarian School Years ………………………………………………… 193
Chapter Seven: Twenty Martian Profiles ……………………………………………. 227
Theodore von Kármán ……………………………………………………………….. 241
George de Hevesy …………………………………………………………………….. 253
Leo Szilard …………………………………………………………………………………. 263
Eugene P. Wigner ………………………………………………………………………. 287
Edward Teller …………………………………………………………………………….. 299
John von Neumann ……………………………………………………………………. 321
Paul Erdős ………………………………………………………………………………….. 335
John G. Kemeny ………………………………………………………………………… 345
Andrew (Andy) Grove ………………………………………………………………… 357
George Soros …………………………………………………………………………….. 365
Cornelius Lanczos ……………………………………………………………………… 375
Arthur Koestler …………………………………………………………………………… 389
John C. Harsanyi ………………………………………………………………………… 407
Georg von Békésy ……………………………………………………………………… 413
Albert Szent-Györgyi ………………………………………………………………….. 423
Zoltán Bay ………………………………………………………………………………….. 433
Valentine Telegdi ……………………………………………………………………….. 445
George A. Olah …………………………………………………………………………. 451
Nicholas Kurti …………………………………………………………………………….. 459
Dennis Gabor ……………………………………………………………………………. 471
Biodata of the Martians …………………………………………………………………….. 493
Literature ………………………………………………………………………………………….. 517
Name Index ……………………………………………………………………………………… 523

További információk

Tömeg 0,850 kg
Méretek 22,8 × 17,2 cm
Szerző

György Marx

Borító

Keménytábla, cérnafüzött

Fordító

Tóth Katalin

ISBN

978-963-573-206-7

Megjelenés ideje

2023-09-01

Oldalszám

528

Eredeti magyar cím

A marslakók érkezése – Magyar tudósok, akik nyugaton alakították a 20. század történelmét

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