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Let It Shine: The 6,000-Year Story of Solar Energy

House & home


by
John Perlin

Book Details

Format: EPUB

Page count: 536 pages

File size: 21.8 MB

Protection: DRM

Language: English

Unprecedented gas prices, heat waves and droughts, climate change, Solyndra – all make “alternative” sources of energy contemporary areas of activism, controversy, lobbying, and legislation. Yet few know that the ancient Chinese, Greeks, and Romans used solar energy in their architecture; that Galileo and da Vinci both planned uses for the power of the sun; and that by 1918, there were more than 4,000 solar water heaters in California. The history of solar architecture and energy technologies gives readers an epiphany-producing sense of its future. Detailing a realistic alternative to fossil fuels, in illustrations the New York Times called “especially fine” and prose Library Journal termed “highly readable,” Let It Shine shows that there is nothing – and plenty – new under the sun.

Unprecedented gas prices, heat waves and droughts, climate change, Solyndra – all make “alternative” sources of energy contemporary areas of activism, controversy, lobbying, and legislation. Yet few know that the ancient Chinese, Greeks, and Romans used solar energy in their architecture; that Galileo and da Vinci both planned uses for the power of the sun; and that by 1918, there were more than 4,000 solar water heaters in California. The history of solar architecture… (more)

Unprecedented gas prices, heat waves and droughts, climate change, Solyndra – all make “alternative” sources of energy contemporary areas of activism, controversy, lobbying, and legislation. Yet few know that the ancient Chinese, Greeks, and Romans used solar energy in their architecture; that Galileo and da Vinci both planned uses for the power of the sun; and that by 1918, there were more than 4,000 solar water heaters in California. The history of solar architecture and energy technologies gives readers an epiphany-producing sense of its future. Detailing a realistic alternative to fossil fuels, in illustrations the New York Times called “especially fine” and prose Library Journal termed “highly readable,” Let It Shine shows that there is nothing – and plenty – new under the sun.

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