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Let it shine : the 6,000-year story of solar energy.

Author: John Perlin
Publisher: Novato, California : New World Library, [2013]
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Fully revisedView all editions and formats
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"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
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Perlin
ISBN: 9781608681327 1608681327
OCLC Number: 854707624
Notes: Revision of: A golden thread / by Ken Butti and John Perlin. -- Palo Alto : Cheshire Books ; New York : Van Nostrand Reinhold, ©1980.
Description: pages cm
Other Titles: Golden thread

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"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"-

"Details the history of strategies to use the power of the sun for human benefit, from the architecture of the ancient Chinese, Greeks, and Romans to the widespread use of solar water heaters in California at the turn of the 20th century"-

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