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Christina's LIS Rant
Sunday, June 12, 2005
  Mauve?
Forgive me for forgetting with whom I was conversing -- at SLA we were chatting about color/dye chemistry. Today, serendipitiously, at the public library I ran across Garfield, Simon. Mauve : how one man invented a color that changed the world. New York : Norton, c2001. Apparently English chemist William Perkin was trying to find a cure for malaria when he invented mauve. The book goes a little far by saying that this single-handedly created the field of industrial chemistry, but fascinating none the less.

I was trying to remember another book, one about red. Here's the information for that book: Greenfield, Amy Butler. A perfect red : empire, espionage, and the quest for the color of desire. New York : HarperCollins, c2005.
 
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There's also a lovely book by Alexander Theroux called Primary Colours.
 
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This is my blog on library and information science. I'm into Sci/Tech libraries, special libraries, personal information management, sci/tech scholarly comms.... My name is Christina Pikas and I'm a librarian in a physics, astronomy, math, computer science, and engineering library. I'm also a doctoral student at Maryland. Any opinions expressed here are strictly my own and do not necessarily reflect those of my employer or CLIS. You may reach me via e-mail at cpikas {at} gmail {dot} com.

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