John Perlin

Come and learn about the solar architecture and energy technologies with local author, John Perlin, as he signs his new book, Let it Shine.

When: Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013, 7 p.m.

Where: Chaucer's Books, 3321 State St., Santa Barbara

Cost: Free

Age limit: All ages

Categories: Lectures & Workshops: Book Signings


Unprecedented gas prices, heat waves and droughts, climate change all make "alternative" sources of energy contemporary areas of activism, controversy, lobbying, and legislation. Yet few know that the ancient Chinese, Greeks, and Romans used solar energy in their architecture; that Galileo and da Vinci both planned uses for the power of the sun; and that by 1918, there were more than 4,000 solar water heaters in California. The history of solar architecture and energy technologies gives readers an epiphany-producing sense of its future. Detailing a realistic alternative to fossil fuels, in illustrations the New York Times called "especially fine", and prose Library Journal termed "highly readable", Let It Shine shows that there is nothing and plenty new under the sun.

John Perlin , author of 'A Forest Journey' and 'From Space to Earth', can be read at,, and He lives in Santa Barbara, CA.

Phone: 805-682-6787

Event posted Aug. 26, 2013
Last updated Aug. 26, 2013


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