The Mysterious Colour Purple

A little while ago, I wrote an article for Cosmos Magazine on the weird and wonderful history of the earliest known purple pigment. The story begins ancient China, makes a stop in ancient Egypt, finds its way into modern superconductors and winds up in the hands of quantum physicists.  There’s also a little bit of Taoism along the way. It’s a strange tale indeed, and still one of my favourites.  I hope you enjoy!

The Mysterious Colour Purple

T74/365 March 15 - Terracotta Warriorsphoto credit:  Sharon Drummond  creative commons BY-ND 2.0

 

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