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Mauve : How One Man Invented a Color That Changed the World (00 Edition)

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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 and clothing, paint, print — came from insects or mollusks, roots or leaves, and dyeing was painstaking and expensive. But in 1856 eighteen-year-old English chemist William Perkin accidentally discovered a way to mass-produce color in a factory.

Working on a treatment 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. Mauve became the most desirable shade in the fashion houses of Paris and London, and quickly led to crimsons, violets, blues, and greens, earning its inventor a fortune. But its importance extends far beyond ballgowns.

Before mauve, chemistry was largely a theoretical science. Perkin's discovery sparked new interest in industrial applications of chemistry research, which later brought about the development of explosives, perfume, photography, modern medicine, and today's plastics industry.

Perkin is honored with the odd plaque and bust in colleges and chemistry clubs, but is otherwise a forgotten man. With great wit, scientific savvy, and historical scope, Simon Garfield delivers a fascinating tale of how this accidental genius set in motion an extraordinary scientific leap.

Review:

"By bringing Perkin into the open and documenting his life and work, Garfield has done a service to history." Chicago Tribune

Review:

"In an engagingly simple manner...Garfield takes us by the hand through the mysteries of science....[His] study is far more than a social history of fashion. It has much to tell us about the accidental nature of scientific discoveries...and the relationship between science and industry in Victorian times." Daily Telegraph

Review:

"Garfield's engaging story...is an informative mix of science, history, and biography." Boston Herald

Review:

"[T]he delight of this book is seeing parallels to present-day trends." New York Times Book Review

Review:

"[A] book salted with fascinating data..." New York Times

Review:

"Like those excellent and tastefully packaged true stories Longitude and Arcanum, Mauve is a stirring tale of triumph over adversity, of scientific progress made through the extraordinary exertions of a single person." Associated Newspapers Ltd.

Review:

"An engaging and airy history." Marcia Bartusiak, New York Times Book Review

Review:

"In an engagingly simple manner...Garfield takes us by the hand through the mysteries of science....His study is far more than a social history of fashion. It has much to tell us about the accidental nature of scientific discoveries...and the relationship between science and industry in Victorian times." Daily Telegraph

Review:

"Garfield has fashioned a stylish compound of biography, cultural and scientific history, and literary detection....Mauve-lous." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"Although Perkin's discovery was a stroke of luck, he was, as Simon Garfield's appreciative biography shows, the kind of exemplary juvenile who was almost bound to make his mark sooner or later." Sunday Times London

Review:

"Like those excellent and tastefully packaged true stories Longitude and Arcanum, Mauve is a stirring tale of triumph over adversity, of scientific progress made through the extraordinary exertions of a single person." Associated Newspaper

Synopsis:

"Garfield's engaging story of William Perkin's accidental discovery is an informative mix of science, history, and biography."--Boston Herald

Synopsis:

The New York Times bestselling author of Just My Type and On the Map offers an ode to letter writing and its possible salvation in the digital age.

Few things are as excitingand#151;and potentially life-changingand#151;as discovering an old letter. And while etiquette books still extol the practice, letter writing seems to be disappearing amid a flurry of e-mails, texting, and tweeting. The recent decline in letter writing marks a cultural shift so vast that in the future historians may divide time not between BC and AD but between the eras when people wrote letters and when they did not. So New York Times bestselling author Simon Garfield asks: Can anything be done to revive a practice that has dictated and tracked the progress of civilization for more than five hundred years?

In To the Letter, Garfield traces the fascinating history of letter writing from the love letter and the business letter to the chain letter and the letter of recommendation. He provides a tender critique of early letter-writing manuals and analyzes celebrated correspondence from Erasmus to Princess Diana. He also considers the role that letters have played as a literary device from Shakespeare to the epistolary novel, all the rage in the eighteenth century and alive and well today with bestsellers like The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. At a time when the decline of letter writing appears to be irreversible, Garfield is the perfect candidate to inspire bibliophiles to put pen to paper and create and#147;a form of expression, emotion, and tactile delight we may clasp to our heart.and#8221;

Synopsis:

The New York Times bestselling author of Just My Type and On the Map offers an ode to letter writing and its possible salvation in the digital age.

Few things are as excitingand#151;and potentially life-changingand#151;as discovering an old letter. And while etiquette books still extol the practice, letter writing seems to be disappearing amid a flurry of e-mails, texting, and tweeting. The recent decline in letter writing marks a cultural shift so vast that in the future historians may divide time not between BC and AD but between the eras when people wrote letters and when they did not. So New York Times bestselling author Simon Garfield asks: Can anything be done to revive a practice that has dictated and tracked the progress of civilization for more than five hundred years?

In To the Letter, Garfield traces the fascinating history of letter writing from the love letter and the business letter to the chain letter and the letter of recommendation. He provides a tender critique of early letter-writing manuals and analyzes celebrated correspondence from Erasmus to Princess Diana. He also considers the role that letters have played as a literary device from Shakespeare to the epistolary novel, all the rage in the eighteenth century and alive and well today with bestsellers like The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. At a time when the decline of letter writing appears to be irreversible, Garfield is the perfect candidate to inspire bibliophiles to put pen to paper and create and#147;a form of expression, emotion, and tactile delight we may clasp to our heart.and#8221;

About the Author

Simon Garfield is the author of several acclaimed books, including The End of the Innocence: Britain in the Time of AIDS, which won the Somerset Maugham Award.

Table of Contents

Part 1. Invention. The celebrity — Not the land of science — Floating in the air — The recipe — Hindrance and synthesis — Mauve measles — The terrible glare — Madder — Poisoning the clientele — Part 2. Exploitation. Red letter days — Self-destruction — The new eventuality — Physical acts — Fingerprints.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780393323139
Author:
Garfield, Simon
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Location:
New York
Subject:
Great britain
Subject:
History
Subject:
Scientists
Subject:
Colors
Subject:
Chemists
Subject:
Dye industry.
Subject:
Scientists - General
Subject:
Mauve
Subject:
Dye industry -- Great Britain.
Subject:
Chemists - England
Subject:
Science & Technology
Subject:
Biography-Scientists
Subject:
General Reference
Subject:
Atlases
Subject:
Writing Skills
Edition Number:
1st American ed.
Edition Description:
Hardback
Series Volume:
RP-539
Publication Date:
20020531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
bandw illustrations t/o
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.3 x 5.5 x 0.7 in 0.5 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 288 pages W. W. Norton & Company - English 9780393323139 Reviews:
"Review" by , "By bringing Perkin into the open and documenting his life and work, Garfield has done a service to history."
"Review" by , "In an engagingly simple manner...Garfield takes us by the hand through the mysteries of science....[His] study is far more than a social history of fashion. It has much to tell us about the accidental nature of scientific discoveries...and the relationship between science and industry in Victorian times."
"Review" by , "Garfield's engaging story...is an informative mix of science, history, and biography."
"Review" by , "[T]he delight of this book is seeing parallels to present-day trends."
"Review" by , "[A] book salted with fascinating data..."
"Review" by , "Like those excellent and tastefully packaged true stories Longitude and Arcanum, Mauve is a stirring tale of triumph over adversity, of scientific progress made through the extraordinary exertions of a single person."
"Review" by , "An engaging and airy history."
"Review" by , "In an engagingly simple manner...Garfield takes us by the hand through the mysteries of science....His study is far more than a social history of fashion. It has much to tell us about the accidental nature of scientific discoveries...and the relationship between science and industry in Victorian times."
"Review" by , "Garfield has fashioned a stylish compound of biography, cultural and scientific history, and literary detection....Mauve-lous."
"Review" by , "Although Perkin's discovery was a stroke of luck, he was, as Simon Garfield's appreciative biography shows, the kind of exemplary juvenile who was almost bound to make his mark sooner or later."
"Review" by , "Like those excellent and tastefully packaged true stories Longitude and Arcanum, Mauve is a stirring tale of triumph over adversity, of scientific progress made through the extraordinary exertions of a single person."
"Synopsis" by , "Garfield's engaging story of William Perkin's accidental discovery is an informative mix of science, history, and biography."--Boston Herald
"Synopsis" by ,
The New York Times bestselling author of Just My Type and On the Map offers an ode to letter writing and its possible salvation in the digital age.

Few things are as excitingand#151;and potentially life-changingand#151;as discovering an old letter. And while etiquette books still extol the practice, letter writing seems to be disappearing amid a flurry of e-mails, texting, and tweeting. The recent decline in letter writing marks a cultural shift so vast that in the future historians may divide time not between BC and AD but between the eras when people wrote letters and when they did not. So New York Times bestselling author Simon Garfield asks: Can anything be done to revive a practice that has dictated and tracked the progress of civilization for more than five hundred years?

In To the Letter, Garfield traces the fascinating history of letter writing from the love letter and the business letter to the chain letter and the letter of recommendation. He provides a tender critique of early letter-writing manuals and analyzes celebrated correspondence from Erasmus to Princess Diana. He also considers the role that letters have played as a literary device from Shakespeare to the epistolary novel, all the rage in the eighteenth century and alive and well today with bestsellers like The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. At a time when the decline of letter writing appears to be irreversible, Garfield is the perfect candidate to inspire bibliophiles to put pen to paper and create and#147;a form of expression, emotion, and tactile delight we may clasp to our heart.and#8221;

"Synopsis" by ,
The New York Times bestselling author of Just My Type and On the Map offers an ode to letter writing and its possible salvation in the digital age.

Few things are as excitingand#151;and potentially life-changingand#151;as discovering an old letter. And while etiquette books still extol the practice, letter writing seems to be disappearing amid a flurry of e-mails, texting, and tweeting. The recent decline in letter writing marks a cultural shift so vast that in the future historians may divide time not between BC and AD but between the eras when people wrote letters and when they did not. So New York Times bestselling author Simon Garfield asks: Can anything be done to revive a practice that has dictated and tracked the progress of civilization for more than five hundred years?

In To the Letter, Garfield traces the fascinating history of letter writing from the love letter and the business letter to the chain letter and the letter of recommendation. He provides a tender critique of early letter-writing manuals and analyzes celebrated correspondence from Erasmus to Princess Diana. He also considers the role that letters have played as a literary device from Shakespeare to the epistolary novel, all the rage in the eighteenth century and alive and well today with bestsellers like The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. At a time when the decline of letter writing appears to be irreversible, Garfield is the perfect candidate to inspire bibliophiles to put pen to paper and create and#147;a form of expression, emotion, and tactile delight we may clasp to our heart.and#8221;

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