With thirteen new chapters, Let It Shine is a fully revised and expanded edition of A Golden Thread, Perlinâ€™s classic history of solar technology, detailing the past forty years of technological developments driving todayâ€™s solar renaissance. This unique and compelling compendium of humankindâ€™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.
Unprecedented gas prices, heat waves and droughts, climate change, Solyndra ? all make ?alternativeâ€? 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,â€? and prose Library Journal termed ?highly readable,â€? Let It Shine shows that there is nothing ? and plenty ? new under the sun.