Monday 26 January 2015

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After Perkin discovered mauve in 1856, large scale production of synthetic dyes began. There were initial concerns over the safety of aniline dyes. In the following snippet from Simon Garfield's excellent book "Mauve," reference is made to sweets having a picric acid content of 50%. Picric acid, besides being poisonous, is a high explosive.

Mauve: How One Man Invented a Colour That Changed the World by Simon Garfield.
A good read, available on Kindle.

Monsieur Monthier announced his new electric batteries in the Chemical News, August 31st 1866.

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Unrelated to this post, below the following novel advert, is an example of
eclectic science esoterica 

The Ernest Glitch Chronicles.


"Hodges emitted a scream the like of which
I hadn't heard since his scrotum was burned off
during my experiment with fluorine gas last year."

The Exotic Experimentation of Ernest Glitch
Victorian Science with a Smile
Sample chapters here or buy the book now!

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