Mauve - How One Man Invented a Colour That Changed The World

By: Simon Garfield

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Mauve - How One Man Invented a Colour That Changed The World by Simon Garfield (subject William Perkin)
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Faber and Faber 2000. 8vo. Softcover. Reading copy. Illustrated with photographs. Mauve tells the story of William Perkin a man whose father didn't want him to become a chemist, and whose chemistry professor didn't want him to wreck his career in pursuit of a colour. By the age of eighteen, however, Perkin had made the discovery that would make him the richest chemist in Britain and would change the world. Perkin's chance discovery aided the discovery of DNS, chemotherapy for cancver, drugs against HIV, antibiotics as well as huge advances in photography, perfume and explosives. .

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