By Ahmed Zewail
From a starting in an Egyptian Delta city and the port of Alexandria to the scenic vistas of sunny southern California, Ahmed Zewail takes us on a voyage via time - his personal existence and the split-second international of the femtosecond. during this disclose of his lifestyles and paintings until eventually his receipt of the Nobel Prize in 1999, Zewail explores in non-technical language the panorama of molecules glimpsed at the scale of 1 quadrillionth of a moment: the femtosecond, zero. 000 000 000 000 001 moment. Zewail enriches the adventure into the unusual territory of femtochemistry with analogies and illustrations to assist the overall reader and the scientifically susceptible. He likewise attracts classes from his existence tale thus far, and he meditates at the effect the revolution in technology has had on our smooth international - in either built and constructing nations. He indicates a concrete plan of action for the realm of the have-nots, and ends the amount with wish for Egypt in constructing the nation's maximum normal source - its early life - to construct extra promising destiny, and for the US to boost a brand new imaginative and prescient locally and the world over.
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I spent some time with my family and a lot of time reading. Reading was what excited me the most. I bought a number of books, including those for the second-year courses, to get a head start. I was eager to continue and I didn't want to lose any time. I was also convinced that in order to advance one had to learn from the masters. " He had learned from Galileo and the other great scientists who preceded him and he was able to go on. I began to read about the work of famous scientists and found no limits to the ocean of knowledge.
With a score of "excellent" in the final year and a minimum of "good" in all years one received a second-class honor. Below these levels, no class of honor was granted. Naturally, I wished to earn the highest title. After every exam I would evaluate myself to know roughly where I stood, so in the end I estimated that I had a good chance of earning this title of distinction. In the summer of 1967, the university posted the results for all the students, and on that day, as on my first day, I went with Uncle Rizq to the campus.
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