A Bright View, Too Focused

Science  17 Dec 1999:
Vol. 286, Issue 5448, pp. 2280
DOI: 10.1126/science.286.5448.2280

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From Space to Earth The Story of Solar Electricity. John Perlin. Aatec, Ann Arbor, MI, 1999. 240 pp. $32. ISBN 0-937948-14-4.

Using a series of fascinating and well-written accounts of individuals who have developed, advocated, and employed solar cells, Perlin describes the evolution of photovoltaics. Our reviewer objected to the partisan attitude, sales-talk style, and general neglect of other solar power technologies.