Brilliant: The Evolution of Artificial Light (Prebound)
July 2010 Indie Next List
“These days we take the artificial illumination of our world so much for granted that it is surprising to learn that much of our country was not electrified until well into the last century. Brox looks at the entire history of illumination from the Ice Age forward, explaining not only the development of different lighting technologies through history, but helping us understand what each meant to the people whose lives they so profoundly changed.”
— Dale Szczeblowski, Porter Square Books, Cambridge, MA
In "Brilliant," award-winning author Jane Brox offers a sweeping history of our transformative relationship with light from the stone lamps of the Pleistocene to LEDs embedded in fabrics of the future and reveals that the surprising, complex story of our illumination is also the story of our modern selves.
Just five hundred years ago almost everyone lived at the mercy of the dark, yet today so much of life as we know it our long evening hours, our flexible working days, our feelings of safety at night depends upon cheap, abundant light. Brox not only examines the social and environmental implications of this remarkable transformation, she tells a compelling story imbued with human voices, startling insights, and timely questions about how the light of the future will shape our lives.