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

Description

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.

Details

Author(s)
Simon Garfield
Format
Paperback | 256 pages
Dimensions
129 x 198 x 16mm | 193g
Publication date
04 Sep 2018
Publisher
Canongate Books Ltd
Imprint
Canongate Canons
Publication City/Country
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Language
English
Edition statement
Main - Canons
Illustrations note
8pp plate section
ISBN10
1786892782
ISBN13
9781786892782
Bestsellers rank
319,049

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