The Spread of Industrialism

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The Spread of Industrialism During the 19 th century, a strong link began to emerge between science and industry. Science was becoming a tool for profit, something that could be used for the advantage of the individual. This could be seen as a selfish trend, but it did end up leading to the discovery of some of the most important innovations of the 19 th century. Take, for instance, the story of Charles Russell and vulcanized rubber. He was trying to make a profit for himself by producing a more stable form of rubber, one that would not fluctuate between brittleness in the cold and melting in the heat. He, through a great mistake, finds the secret to be in heating it and combining it with sulfur. Although big-shot rubber dealers
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Unformatted text preview: eventually steal his idea, and he never makes any money, his work in the lab translated into a great industrial achievement, just in time for the automobile revolution. In another example, the work of Williams Henry Perkin led to the new synthetic dye industry, one that would go hand in hand with the booming textile industry of the time. Perkins, in another miracle mistake, creates the dye mauveine, which is a deep shade of purple. This is revolutionary because until then natural dyes in colors such as purple were rare and therefore expensive. Manufacturing the dye would allow for a more controlled production of the substance that could keep pace with the textile industry....
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This note was uploaded on 05/16/2008 for the course HIST 175 taught by Professor Friedel during the Spring '08 term at Maryland.

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