Overview

An original investigation into the social and technological history of solar power

From the days of Archimedes and Leonardo, the earliest efforts to harness the power of the sun have become the stuff of legend.

But it was not until the industrial revolution, with its great demands for fuel, that inventors --like Prometheus carrying fire from Mt. Olympus--began to build machines capable of channeling the sun's ...

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The Power of Light

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Overview

An original investigation into the social and technological history of solar power

From the days of Archimedes and Leonardo, the earliest efforts to harness the power of the sun have become the stuff of legend.

But it was not until the industrial revolution, with its great demands for fuel, that inventors --like Prometheus carrying fire from Mt. Olympus--began to build machines capable of channeling the sun's rays into usable energy.

In The Power of Light, solar energy expert Frank Kryza recounts the dramatic saga of solar invention, from its optimistic dawning in the mid-19th century to its impending triumph today. With a fervent passion for his subject, the author introduces solar pioneers such as Auguste Mouchot, whose solar-powered steam engine amazed Napoleon III, and Frank Shuman, whose solar pumping station, in 1911, became the largest and most cost-effective machine prior to the space age.

While presenting a thorough and original investigation into this little-known chapter of science history, The Power of Light offers a sober meditation on the revolutionary impact technology often has on society.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071425957
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education
  • Publication date: 3/13/2003
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Frank Kryza has spent 20 years in the energy industry, abroad and at home. A former newspaper reporter and editor in Connecticut, he holds an undergraduate degree from Yale College and an MBA from the Yale School of Management. He lives in Dallas, Texas.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Ch. 1 Philadelphia's Solar Wizard 1
Ch. 2 Shuman's Inspirations: Solar Power in Ancient Greece and Europe in the Middle Ages 33
Ch. 3 The 4-Acre Solar Machine 61
Ch. 4 "A Substitute for Fuel in Tropical Countries" 91
Ch. 5 Solar-Powered Irrigation in Egypt 125
Ch. 6 Augustin Mouchot and the First "Sun Engine" 147
Ch. 7 Egypt's Great Sun Machine 177
Ch. 8 California Light and Solar Power 207
Ch. 9 War and Petroleum: The End of an Era 239
Background Information 265
Bibliography 273
Illustration Credits 279
Acknowledgments 281
Index 285
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    Posted November 6, 2012

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    Posted November 16, 2012

    Wolfstar

    "Sorry, I'll tell you as soon as I wake up. At WolfClan's old camp, you remember where that is?"

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    Posted November 6, 2012

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    *sighs walking away then call over her shoulder* i told ya so.

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    Posted November 5, 2012

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    "Exactly."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2003

    A gripping adventure story about the early days of solar power.....

    I thought I knew a lot about photovoltaics and solar power, at least from a layman's perspective, but this book was a revelation. It's about a 19th century American inventor, Frank Shuman, who made his fortune patenting safety devices (including the glass we use in automobile windshields to this day) and devoted the rest of his life to buildling huge (10,000-horsepower) solar-powered steam engines along the Nile to provide cheap irrigation (coal in those days was imported from England, at $50/ton). A truly amazing untold story for history of science buffs, told in vivid, gripping prose. I can't find any other titles by this guy, but he can write.

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