Wishful Wendnesday 21 July

The meme is hosted by Brooke Bluestocking Guide.

Today my wish will be rather science than fiction. I would like to read “Brilliant: The Evolution of Artificial Light” by Jane Brox.

“In Brilliant: The Evolution of Artificial Light, Jane Brox illuminates the fascinating and forgotten history of man-made light, tracing its development through centuries of sputtering, smoking candles, to the gradual refinement of gas and, finally, electric light. Brox captures the sense of wonder that permeated the Chicago World’s Fair as electric light lit up the “White City,” and shows how quickly we became reliant on electric light, recounting the trepidation and anxiety that accompanied the mandatory blackouts of World War II and the power outages that have plagued New York City’s power grid since the 1960s. Brox also addresses the unexpected consequences of light pollution, detailing the struggles of astronomers who are no longer able to see stars, and migrating birds that confusedly circle lit buildings at night until they die from exhaustion. Brilliant is an eloquent account of how a luxury so quickly became a necessity, and permanently changed human history. –Lynette Mong”

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11 Responses to Wishful Wendnesday 21 July

  1. Book Lover says:

    looks like an interesting read check out my blog if you want to http://bookloversreviewblog.blogspot.com/

  2. anachronist says:

    Booklover thanks for visiting! I tried to re-visit but all the time your blog disappeared after a while and the statcounter message appeared instead. Any idea why?

  3. Tracy says:

    Sounds like my kind of book! When I lived in Cornwall, in West Penwith, there was so little light pollution that you couldn't easily make out familiar constellations because there were too many stars visible! And you could actually see the Milky Way. Starlight was so bright I never needed a torch to find my way home on clear nights (the last ten minutes of my walk home there were no street lights at all, once you got to the last farmhouse) – I used to carry a heavy torch anyway, but that was more as protection against any men should they try to get too close.

  4. Sounds very interesting! Thanks for participating.

  5. Book Lover says:

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  6. Book Lover says:

    that's a google chrome error is there another browser you could use?

  7. anachronist says:

    Book Lover I use Firefox all the time and it does the same. Check the coding.

  8. MissAttitude says:

    Whoa not my idea of light reading but it does sound quite intriguing! We just watched a documentary about coal. Sort of similar since it talked about whether or not we would always need coal for light.thanks for sharing your wish 🙂

  9. anachronist says:

    hey MissAttitude, thanks for stopping by!

  10. Book Lover says:

    yea I fixed it stupid coding 🙂

  11. anachronist says:

    ok, now it works just fine Book Lover!

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