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Perkin's Perfect Purple: How a Boy Created Color with Chemistry


Binding: Hardcover
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ISBN: 9781368032841
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Language: English
Page Count: 56
Publication Date: 10/6/2020
Size: 11.28" l x 8.38" w x 0.53
Series: N/A

The fascinating true story of groundbreaking chemist William Perkin, who used the scientific method to invent a new way for creating the color purple.

Many years ago, the color purple was available only to a privileged few. Making purple was tricky. The dye was concocted from a certain snail, and later, from plants, bugs, and rocks. Then it had to be soaked in minerals and . . . urine! The process was very complicated and expensive (not to mention smelly!).

Until 1856, when a boy named William Henry Perkin invented a new way. While testing a hypothesis about a cure for malaria, he found that his experiment resulted in something else -- something vivid and rare for the times: synthetic PURPLE. Perkin, a pioneer of the modern scientific method, made numerous advances possible, including canned food and chemotherapy. But it was his creation of purple that started it all.

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