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Brilliant: The Evolution of Artificial Light

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Jane Brox, Brilliant: The Evolution of Artificial Light | Brilliant: The Evolution of Artificial Light by Jane Brox

Brilliant: The Evolution of Artificial Light

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
Jane Brox
publisher:
Houghton Mifflin
genre:
Nonfiction, History

We gave it an A

Although fires sputtered on hearths for half a million years, they were, by and large, lit for warmth, not light — so as recently as a few hundred years ago, daily activities ground to a halt as the sun set. Eventually the guttering light of candles gave way to better inventions, from whale-oil lamps to electric bulbs, each triggering a greater dependence on man-made lights. In Jane Brox’s hands, a yawn-inducing subject has been fashioned into an addictively readable cultural history. In a word: dazzling. A

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