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Mauve: How One Man Invented a Color that Changed the World / Edition 1
     

Mauve: How One Man Invented a Color that Changed the World / Edition 1

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by Simon Garfield
 

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ISBN-10: 0393323137

ISBN-13: 9780393323139

Pub. Date: 05/01/2002

Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.

"Garfield's engaging story of William Perkin's accidental discovery is an informative mix of science, history, and biography."—Boston Herald
In 1856 eighteen-year-old English chemist William Perkin accidentally discovered a way to mass-produce color. In a "witty, erudite, and entertaining" (Esquire) style, Simon Garfield explains how the experimental mishap

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"Garfield's engaging story of William Perkin's accidental discovery is an informative mix of science, history, and biography."—Boston Herald
In 1856 eighteen-year-old English chemist William Perkin accidentally discovered a way to mass-produce color. In a "witty, erudite, and entertaining" (Esquire) style, Simon Garfield explains how the experimental mishap that produced an odd shade of purple revolutionized fashion, as well as industrial applications of chemistry research. Occasionally honored in certain colleges and chemistry clubs, Perkin until now has been a forgotten man.
"By bringing Perkin into the open and documenting his life and work, Garfield has done a service to history."—Chicago Tribune "[A]n inviting cocktail of Perkin biography, account of the dye industry and where it led, and social and cultural history up to the present."—American Scientist "Garfield leaps gracefully back and forth in time, as comfortable in the Victorian past as he is in the brave new world of petrochemicals and biochemistry."—Kirkus Reviews starred review. "[T]he delight of this book is seeing parallels to present-day trends."—"New York Times Book Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393323139
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
05/01/2002
Edition description:
1st American Edition
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
615,087
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
14 - 18 Years

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Mauve: How One Man Invented a Color that Changed the World 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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?