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Posted September 10, 2003
I picked this up at my local Barnes & Noble on the 'Humorous, Helpful & Odd' table, thinking it could be entertaining. I found the story of William Perkin to be extremely interesting -- even as it is being lost to the passage of time. Who would have thought the discovery of mauve, a synthetic aniline dye, would have pioneered the field of applied science?Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 24, 2001
Wonderful for the historian and scientist
I admit I bought this book with not a little trepidation but was delighted to find it a wonderful and interesting read. The author develops the history of synthetic dye making in a very interesting and compelling manner. As a biochemist I have used many dyes but never gave much thought to how the first aniline dye was discovered and what other great advances it led to. The serendipity of the discovery is fascinating. I now teach high school chemistry and have been using excerpts from this book in my courses.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.