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Blue : in search of nature's rarest color / Kai Kupferschmidt.

Kupferschmidt, Kai, (author.).

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Summary:

"Search human history and you'll quickly conclude that we've been enamored of blue at least since the pharaohs. So, it's startling to turn to the realms of nature and discover that "true" blue is truly rare. From the rain forest's morpho butterfly to the blue jay flitting past your window, few living things are blue--and most that appear so are performing sleight of hand with physics or chemistry. Cornflowers use the pigment found in red roses to achieve their blue hue. Even the blue sky above us is a trick of the light. Science journalist Kai Kupferschmidt has been fascinated by blue since childhood. In Blue, his quest to understand the science and nature of his favorite color takes him from a biotech laboratory in Japan and a volcanic lake in Oregon to Brandenburg, Germany--home of the last surviving blue-feathered Spix's macaws. Whether it's deep underground where blue crystals grow or miles overhead where astronauts gaze down at our "blue marble" planet, wherever we do find Earth's rarest color, it always has a story to tell." -- inside front jacket flap.
Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Circulation Modifier Age Hold Protection Active/Create Date Status Due Date
Hood River County Library 535.6 KUP 2021 (Text) 33892100750612 Adult New Books Book None 08/30/2021 Checked out 10/09/2021

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781615197521
  • ISBN: 1615197524
  • Physical Description: 215 pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm
  • Publisher: New York : The Experiment, 2021.

Content descriptions

General Note:
Originally published in Germany as Blau by Hoffmann und Campe in 2019.
Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 207-212).
Formatted Contents Note:
Into the blue -- Stones -- Seeing -- Plants -- Speaking -- Animals -- Here was blue.
Summary, etc.:
"Search human history and you'll quickly conclude that we've been enamored of blue at least since the pharaohs. So, it's startling to turn to the realms of nature and discover that "true" blue is truly rare. From the rain forest's morpho butterfly to the blue jay flitting past your window, few living things are blue--and most that appear so are performing sleight of hand with physics or chemistry. Cornflowers use the pigment found in red roses to achieve their blue hue. Even the blue sky above us is a trick of the light. Science journalist Kai Kupferschmidt has been fascinated by blue since childhood. In Blue, his quest to understand the science and nature of his favorite color takes him from a biotech laboratory in Japan and a volcanic lake in Oregon to Brandenburg, Germany--home of the last surviving blue-feathered Spix's macaws. Whether it's deep underground where blue crystals grow or miles overhead where astronauts gaze down at our "blue marble" planet, wherever we do find Earth's rarest color, it always has a story to tell." -- inside front jacket flap.
Language Note:
Text in English, translated from the German.
Subject: Kupferschmidt, Kai > Travel.
Blue.
Colors.
Color in nature.
SCIENCE / Physics.
Blue.
Colors.
Genre: Travel writing.

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