Lengthening the Day: A History of Lighting Technology

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9780198565482: Lengthening the Day: A History of Lighting Technology

Throughout human history people have used light to lengthen their day. Modern life is now inconceivable without the light bulb, but up until the nineteenth century the only useful source of light was flame. This fascinating volume explains how light--from primitive torches to florescent lighting--has affected our daily lives. The book describes how oil lamps, candles, and gas lights work and outlines the principles of all the main types of electric lights now available. Thoroughly illustrated, Lengthening the Day provides a history of lighting, along with contemporary uses and technical details. Quotations from Aristophanes to Jane Austen, and from James Boswell to Kenneth Grahame, illustrate the social importance of lighting.

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Dr Brian Bowers, 89 Brockenhurst Avenue, Worcester Park, Surrey KT4 7RH. Tel: 0181 337 8974 (Home), 0171 938 8099 (Office). Email: b.bowers@ic.ac.uk (Office)

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Clearly infatuated with antique lightening systems, Bowers manages to engage the reader in his avocation by speeding through the chronology of lighting, and by moving fluidly among the many facets of each ear's technology. A measure of his success at striking this delicate balance is that I
finished the book wanting more, with an appetite whetted for deeper explanations of the physical principles of lighting and curious to learn the very lastest developments and applications, particularly regarding the technical workhorses of our ear: aeronautics, computers, entertainment and
medicine.

Lighting is an intriguing combination of invention, technology, marketing and social change. all this diverse information is presented in an easily readable style and once you have started reading, it is a difficult book to put down s CIBSE Newsletter

`When a new book is published from the pen of Dr Brian Bowers one expects a book that is well researched, technically accurate and easy to read, set in the social and economic scene of the time. The present volume fulfils that expectation admirably...At under L25 it is good value for a book
that will be read not just once but will be a valuable reference source.'
Engineering Science and Education Journal

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