How One Man Invented A Color That Changed the WorldBook - 2001
"By bringing Perkin into the open and documenting his life and work, Garfield has done a service to history."--Chicago Tribune "[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."--American Scientist "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."--Kirkus Reviews starred review. "[T]he delight of this book is seeing parallels to present-day trends."--"New York Times Book Review
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Detailing the life of William Perkins who in 1856 discovered the color Mauve from coal tar and decided to manufacture it starting a whole new industry of chemistry. A couple of things, he made his discovery early in life, made his fortune and then dropped out after selling his company. He then spent his life in relative obscurity, though funding research and other things with his money. It is interesting to note that the problems that he had are exactly the problems that we have in todays industry. This was a very fun read but material from Perkins himself are lacking because it appears that he did now write very much but got a lot of acclaim during his lifetime. It is sad that we do not hear more a bout him.
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Microhistory of the aniline dye industial start and how it changed our society.
It changed me to read the book because I never knew the history of the dye I used at work. Trypan blue only stains the dead cells leaving viable cells clear so a percent mortality can be estimated.
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