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By William H Brock

In 1868, the days suggested that toxins contained in dyes have been affecting the public's healthiness. a physician educated a London Justice of the Peace that brilliantly colored socks had brought on critical "constitutional and native grievance" to a number of of his sufferers. in a single case, a patient's foot had develop into so swollen that his boots needed to be bring to a halt. revered chemist, William Crookes, provided to spot the poison if medical professionals might ship him samples of the lethal socks. the tale of ways he solved the secret supplies this e-book its name and types the foundation of the 1st bankruptcy. Written by way of a revered technology historian and validated writer, this selection of essays includes forty two stories of chemists and their discoveries from the 19th and 20th centuries. different issues coated contain: the quirky ideals of yankee philanthropist, George Hodgkins; the advance of the chemical laboratory because the 1830s, and the occupation of C.P. Snow prior to he turned a novelist. Its huge assurance and glossy strategy makes it of curiosity to chemists, academics, historians and laypeople with an curiosity in technology. Written with a mild sort and offered in a chain of unconnected vignettes the ebook is straightforward to dip into at leisure.

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