Mauve Mauve

Mauve

How one man invented a colour that changed the world

    • 5.0 • 2 Ratings
    • £5.99
    • £5.99

Publisher 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 soon tying back the hair on every fashionable head in London, to the laboratories in which scientists first scrutinized the human chromosome under the microscope, leading all the way to the development of modern vaccines against cancer and malaria, Simon Garfield's landmark work swirls together science and social history to tell the story of how one colour became a sensation.

GENRE
History
RELEASED
2018
3 May
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
216
Pages
PUBLISHER
Canongate Books
SIZE
6.6
MB

More Books by Simon Garfield

Just My Type Just My Type
2010
On The Map On The Map
2012
The Wrestling The Wrestling
2013
My Dear Bessie My Dear Bessie
2015
To the Letter To the Letter
2013
The End of Innocence The End of Innocence
2021