essentials of a phenomenom are best understood if one tries to explore
their rise from the very beginnings" (Aristotle)
provides a historical summary of the 3 major solar energy subjects
- photovoltaics, solar
thermal, and passive solar
architecture. The focus here is on how we have learned to
capture sunlight and use it to make electricity, heat water and
heat our homes.
Perlin is the author of "From Space to Earth - The Story of
Solar Electricity", "A Golden Thread - 2500 Years of Solar
Architecture and Technology"[with Ken Butti], and "A Forest
Journey: The Role of Wood in the Development of Civilization".