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Blue: In Search of Nature's Rarest Color



by
Kai Kupferschmidt

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Experiment Publishing
Imprint
The Experiment
ISBN
9781615197521
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An adventure story tracing the mystery of our planet’s beauty in three parts: a quest to find blue—one of the rarest of colors in nature—out in the natural world among minerals, animals, and plants; a compelling meditation on blue’s impact on our culture, language, and the author’s own life; and a fascinating look at the science behind how this rare wavelength of light works.

A globe-trotting quest to find blue in the natural world—and to understand our collective obsession with this bewitching color.

Blue is a rare color—natural blue, that is. From morpho butterflies in the rain forest to the blue jay flitting past your window, vanishingly few living things are blue—and most that appear so are doing sleight of hand with physics or complex chemistry. Flowers modify the red pigment anthocyanin to achieve their blue hue. Even the blue sky above us is a trick of the light.

Yet this hard-to-spot accent color in our surroundings looms large in our affections. Science journalist Kai Kupferschmidt has been fascinated by blue since childhood. His quest to find and understand his favorite color and its hallowed place in our culture takes him to a gene-splicing laboratory in Japan, a volcanic lake in Oregon, and to Brandenburg, Germany—home of the last Spix’s macaws. From deep underground where blue minerals grow into crystals to miles away in space where satellites gaze down at our “blue marble” planet, wherever we do find blue, it always has a story to tell.Further reading. Sources. Diagrams. Full-color photographs. 

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

224

Trim Size

8 3/10"x 5 3/10"

Dewey

535.6

AR

0: points 0

Genre

Nonfic

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Oct 2021

Book Genres


Topics

Blue. Colors. Colors in nature. Nature and the natural world. History. Science. Art.

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