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Mauve : how one man invented a colour that changed the world

Author: Simon Garfield
Publisher: London : Faber and Faber, 2000.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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MAUVE is the story of a man who accidentally invented a color, and in the process transformed the world around him. Before 1856, the color in our lives--the reds, blues, and blacks of clothing, paint, print--came from insects or mollusks, roots or leaves, and dyeing was painstaking and expensive. But in 1856 eighteeen-year-old English chemist William Perkin accidentally discovered a way to mass-produce color in a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: William Henry Perkin, Sir; William Perkin; W H Perkin
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Simon Garfield
ISBN: 0571201970 9780571201976
OCLC Number: 44562800
Description: 222 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Responsibility: Simon Garfield.

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MAUVE is the story of a man who accidentally invented a color, and in the process transformed the world around him. Before 1856, the color in our lives--the reds, blues, and blacks of clothing, paint, print--came from insects or mollusks, roots or leaves, and dyeing was painstaking and expensive. But in 1856 eighteeen-year-old English chemist William Perkin accidentally discovered a way to mass-produce color in a factory. Working on a treament for malaria in his London home laboratory, Perkin found mauve by chance. His experiments failed to result in artificial quinine as he had hoped, but produced instead a dark oily sludge that happened to turn silk a beautiful light purple.

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Review of Mauve: how one man invented a colour that changed the world by Simon Garfield published by Faber & Faber of London in 2000.

Reviewer: Dr W. P. Palmer

This is a short book running to just 222 pages; the first section consisting of nine chapters covers a little...
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