Lengthening the Day: A History of Lighting Technology

Lengthening the Day: A History of Lighting Technology

by Brian Bowers
     
 


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,… See more details below

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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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A senior curator at the Science Museum in London, Bowers takes only 60 pages to review the lighting technology of all human history before electric lights emerged in the 19th century. Then he chronicles the early arc and filament lamps, commercial development, commercial rivals to electricity, metal filaments, lighting the home, research, discharge and fluorescent light, street lights, floodlights, lighting for special purposes, the industry, and the future. He includes many quotations from the various periods. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

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ISBN-13:
9780198565482
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
11/05/1998
Pages:
242
Product dimensions:
7.60(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.90(d)

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