Book ID: CBB001422648

Budapest Scientific: A Guidebook (2015)

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Hargittai, István (Author)
Hargittai, Magdolna (Author)


Oxford University Press


Publication Date: 2015
Physical Details: ix + 316 pp.; ill.
Language: English

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 special atmosphere 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, de Hevesy, 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 emigre scientists 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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Authors & Contributors
Hargittai, István
Kovács, László
Mel'nikov, V. P.
Banga, Ilona
Vet, Paul van der
Blanko, M. A.
Journals
Centaurus: International Magazine of the History of Mathematics, Science, and Technology
Naturwissenschaftliche Rundschau
Janus: revue internationale de l'histoire des sciences, de la medecine, de la pharmacie et de la technique
VIET: Voprosy Istorii Estestvoznaniia i Tekhniki
Historical Studies in the Physical and Biological Sciences
Physics Today
Publishers
Berzsenyi College
Paragon House
Oxford University Press
Whitney Museum of American Art
Centre Georges Pompidou
Yale University Press
Concepts
Science and culture
Biographies
Engineering
Biochemistry
Physics
Nobel Prizes
People
Hevesy, György
Wigner, Eugene Paul
Szent-Györgyi, Albert
Kármán, Theodor von
Szilard, Leo
Von Neumann, John
Places
Hungary
North America: United States; Canada
Soviet Union
Great Britain
United States
Japan
Times
20th century
19th century
21st century
20th century, early
Institutions
Human Genome Project
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