According to The Fount Of All Knowledge™, on this day in 1935…
Gerard Berchet, under the direction of [Wallace] Carothers, produced a half-ounce of polymer from hexamethylenediamine and adipic acid, creating polyamide 6-6, the substance that would come to be known as Nylon.
While it certainly wasn't the first artificial material, Nylon is without doubt the product that's most-often held up as being emblematic of the latter part of the industrial revolution, prior to the transistor and the silicon chip. And so, Gentle Reader, this week's Friday Night Is Music Night is on the theme of all things artificial. Or, bearing in mind the cultural baggage of the word "plastic," of cut-price shoddiness and fakery.
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