Back in 1856, a young man was doing some scientific experiment by himself, and suddenly, things went wrong. The operation failed, and he ended up with nothing but a tremendous brown sludge in his hands… Or so he thought it was nothing.
You see, the young and naive chemistry student soon realised what he had in his hands was something unique. Even though his experiment failed miserably; he was left with a discoverments that changed the world, even if he didn’t know that himself at the moment.
William Perkins, the chemistry student whose experiment went terrible, unknowingly discovered Mauve, the purple dyed that changed not only science but fashion itself, taking the world by storm in a matter of seconds.
Mauve: How one man invented a colour that changed the world, talks about how this young chemistry student, William Perkins, discovered the world’s first synthetic dye, and how his lucky recognised utterly shape both science and fashion.
There are few discoverments quite like this one in science history. Sure, many tend to impact both science and medicine, or biology, or physics, but a few combine such complete two opposites: Fashion and science. But this one did.
You see, nobody it back then, especially not Willian, but Mauve, this bright purple colour that seemed to dye everything that it went into contact with it, revolutionised the fashion and science world at the very same time.
In one hand, the fashion industry had discovered a new colour, and soon enough you will see it everywhere you go. In ribbons, in clothes, in accessories, literally this particular shade of purple invaded everyone’s life and became even more popular through the years.
And then, there’s the impact it had on science. You see the mauve dye was (and still is) used for many things and responsible for many others. Without it, fabricating and testing vaccines wouldn’t be possible. Some medical tests wouldn’t be able to happen, and many scientific types of research wouldn’t be taken place as we speak.
What everyone thought was nothing but a mistake, turned out to be one of the most important discoveries of all time, and William Perkin became famous. If you’re up for reading about a fascinating story behind one of the many colours we use today and how it changed science (and fashion), then this book is the right one for you!
We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites
What I'm reading ...
Follow me on Goodreads to see more of my reviews
Follow me on Instagram to get picture reviews!
For video, reviews visit my YouTube Channel
Suggested science reading that isn't subject specific
Physics Reading List...
Biology Reading List...
Chemistry Reading list...