Brilliant: The Evolution of Artificial Light Although fires sputtered on hearths for half a million years, they were, by and large, lit for warmth, not light — so as recently as… Brilliant: The Evolution of Artificial Light Although fires sputtered on hearths for half a million years, they were, by and large, lit for warmth, not light — so as recently as… 2010-07-08 History Nonfiction Houghton Mifflin
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Brilliant: The Evolution of Artificial Light (2010)

Jane Brox, Brilliant: The Evolution of Artificial Light | Brilliant: The Evolution of Artificial Light by Jane Brox
Brilliant: The Evolution of Artificial Light by Jane Brox
EW's GRADE
A

Details Release Date: Jul 08, 2010; Writer: Jane Brox; Genres: History, Nonfiction; Publisher: Houghton Mifflin

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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Originally posted Jun 30, 2010 Published in issue #1110-1111 Jul 09, 2010 Order article reprints
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