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

Category: Book
By (author): Garfield, Simon
Series: Canons
Subject:  ART / General
  BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Science & Technology
  HISTORY / Social History
  SCIENCE / History
Audience: general/trade
Publisher: Canongate Books
Published: September 2018
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 7.79in x 5.08in
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From The Publisher*1856. Eighteen-year-old chemistry student William Perkin's experiment has gone horribly wrong. But the deep brown sludge his botched project has produced has an unexpected power: the power to dye everything it touches a brilliant purple. Perkin has discovered mauve, the world's first synthetic dye, bridging a gap between pure chemistry and industry which will change the world forever.From the fetching ribbons tying back the hair of every fashionable head in London to the laboratories in which scientists developed modern vaccines against cancer and malaria, Simon Garfield tells the story of how the colour purple became a sensation.
Review Quote*By bringing Perkin into the open and documenting his life and work, Garfield has done a service to history
Review Quote*Garfield has a talent for being sparked to life by esoteric enthusiasm and charming readers with his delight
Review Quote*Intriguing and elegant
Review Quote*[T]he delight of this book is seeing parallels to present-day trends
Review Quote*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
Review Quote*Garfield's engaging story of William Perkin's accidental discovery is an informative mix of science, history, and biography
Review Quote*[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
Biographical NoteSimon Garfield is the author of seventeen acclaimed books of non-fiction includingA Notable Woman (as editor), To the Letter,On the Map,Just My Type andMauve. His study of AIDS in Britain,The End of Innocence, won the Somerset Maugham Award.