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

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Let It Shine: The 6,000-Year Story of Solar Energy By John Perlin, Mark Z. Jacobson Phd (Foreword by) Cover Image
By John Perlin, Mark Z. Jacobson Phd (Foreword by)
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The definitive history of solar power and technology

Even as concern over climate change and energy security fuels a boom in solar technology, many still think of solar as a twentieth-century wonder. Few realize that the first photovoltaic array appeared on a New York City rooftop in 1884, or that brilliant engineers in France were using solar power in the 1860s to run steam engines, or that in 1901 an ostrich farmer in Southern California used a single solar engine to irrigate three hundred acres of citrus trees. Fewer still know that Leonardo da Vinci planned to make his fortune by building half-mile-long mirrors to heat water, or that the Bronze Age Chinese used hand-size solar-concentrating mirrors to light fires the way we use matches and lighters today.

With thirteen new chapters, Let It Shine is a fully revised and expanded edition of A Golden Thread, John Perlin's classic history of solar technology, detailing the past forty-plus years of technological developments driving today's solar renaissance. This unique and compelling compendium of humankind's solar ideas tells the fascinating story of how our predecessors throughout time, again and again, have applied the sun to better their lives -- and how we can, too.

About the Author

An international expert on solar energy and forestry, John Perlin has lectured extensively on these topics in North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Perlin is the author of A Forest Journey: The Story of Wood and Civilization. He has mentored those involved in realizing photovoltaic, solar hot water, and energy-efficiency technologies at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), where he is a visiting scholar in the department of physics.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781608687916
ISBN-10: 1608687910
Publisher: New World Library
Publication Date: February 15th, 2022
Pages: 544
Language: English