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Mauve av Simon Garfield
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Mauve (urspr publ 2000; utgåvan 2001)

av Simon Garfield

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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.… (mer)
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Titel:Mauve
Författare:Simon Garfield
Info:Faber & Faber (2001), Paperback, 240 pages
Samlingar:Costume history, Conservation
Betyg:*****
Taggar:costume history; conservation

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Mauve: How One Man Invented a Color That Changed the World av Simon Garfield (2000)

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My first book by Simon Garfield. His approach is facts embellished with imagination to lay the context for his subject matter. I enjoyed this book and learned a lot about a subject I might never have pursued. ( )
  beebeereads | Feb 9, 2017 |
This is why I love Garfield so much. This book is interesting, funny, moving, and very well written. Garfield takes something that I knew next to nothing about and does all that with it. Garfield is a wonderful writer. He makes the very technical world of chemistry and makes it readable. In addition to uncovering Perkin and his discoveries, he interviews people in the different industries that were affected by his work. Going from birth to his death Garfield then goes beyond Perkin into the future that he helped create. The way that Garfield blends the past and the present to make one story is brilliant and just like him. I love the way that he makes the subjects of his books so normal by showing how it intercedes with our own lives.

I give this book a Five out of Five stars. I get nothing for my review and I borrowed this book from my local library. ( )
  lrainey | May 25, 2016 |
A slim but broad-reaching tale of the beginning of artifiical dyes. At the time Perkin made his discovery that coal-tar could be transformed into mauve dye, chemistry was thought of like philosophy--a gentleman's pursuit with no worldly or industrial value. Perkin's discovery and subsequent ability to make money off of it changed that perception forever. By the time he died, chemistry was a roaring industry.

The history of artificial dyes is a fascinating one. Before Perkin discovered mauve, all dyes came from natural sources like plants or sea creatures. The array of colors was small, particularly for the poor. But chemical processes created not only a wide variety of colors, but made them available to everyone. Soon, bright, vibrant colors were a sign of being low-class instead of rich. Trying to cut corners in the chemical process led to colors that bled (even upon people's skin as they wore their clothes), or colors that were actually poisonous. Bright green was particularly likely to be rife with arsenic (could this be part of why the poison cake in Peter Pan is colored bright green?). Meanwhile, analine dyes were being used to discover the microbial world and eventually, even treat diseases. The tale of how mauve came to be is a fascinating one, and fairly well encapsulated herein. ( )
  wealhtheowwylfing | Feb 29, 2016 |
More chemistry than I cared for. ( )
  lkarr | Feb 6, 2016 |
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"focuses on Perkin as a pioneer, taking research from the burgeoning field of academic chemistry and applying it to industry."
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Sugar Ray Leanord slipped out of his red and black Ferrari Boxer Berlinetta, strode through the front door of Jamesons restaurant in Bethesda, Maryland, and made his way to the bar. Leonard always seems to be the handsomest man in the room, especially when someone calls his name and he flashes that dazzling smile, and on this August afternoon he looked as if he had stepped right out of the pages of GQ.
He wore a mauve cardigan, a light mauve shirt with the cuffs folded meticulously over the sweaters' cuffs, mauve suspenders embroidered with figures of Cupid.
'I feel great, I really do,' Leonard said. - Former World Welterweight Boxing Champion Sugar Ray Leonard, profiled in Sports Illustrated, 1986
Wandered in the town, to the Museum and Zoo . . . Reconstructions of Hausa and Sanghay villages - combination of indigo and pale calabash. Hunchback boy with staff and bowl and mauve purple jumper stretched like a landscape over his totally deformed body . . . A restaurant in a garden. I drank a beer on a red spotted cloth-covered table. Mosquitoes bit the hard parts of my fingers. - Bruce Chatwin in Niber, 1971, from Photographs and Notebooks
She said she was going to do it, and by golly,on Thursday, she did it. Because she is the first female secretary of state of Missouri, Judi Moriarty changed the color of the state manual to...mauve.
For those who don't know, mauve is a delicate shade of purple.
'I wanted a color that represents me and made a statement,' Moriarty said when introducing the new state manual. 'It's in good taste, and it has a lot of beauty.' - St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 1994
Patrick mixed paints - a delicate shadowy mauve, a scarlet, a rich blue, a pale sharp green. The paintings, when they arrived, were done suddenly and fast. I watched, from inside my head. Patrick would always smile apologetically, and both of us would laugh nervously, and then his face would set into a detached, slightly furious look, and he would take a stab at the cnavas, and then a rush.
A square head appeared, and a decorative trellis of flowers. Various faces, shadowed in the delicate mauve, existed for a moment, and then were wiped away. I was fascinated by how the ghosts of the expunged forms continued to exist and to make the subsequent versions more complex and substantial. Purple is Patrick's favorite colour. It is not mine. But I became entranced by the shadowy half-depths of that particular mauve running across the canvas. - A.S. Byatt on being captured by Patrick Heron, Modern Painters, 1998
Knights of old broke each other's ribs, and let out each other's blood, dying happily among a heap of shivered armor, so that their ladies' colours still waved from their helmet, or sopped up the blood oozing from their gaping heart wounds; but you, Mr Perkins [sic], luckier than they, rib unbroken, skull uncracked, can itinerate Regent Street and perambulate the Parks, seeing the colours of thy heart waving on every fair head and fluttering round every cheek! - All the Year Round, September 1859
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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.

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