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The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light

 
 
Author
Paul Bogard.
Publisher Little, Brown  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 6.25 x 1.1 inches
ISBN 9780316182904
Pages/Publication Date 325/2013
Daedalus Item Code 61633
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(Winner of a 2014 Nautilus Silver Award) This is a panoramic tour of the deep night, from its brightest spots to the darkest skies we have left. A starry night is one of nature's most magical wonders, insists Paul Bogard, yet in our artificially lit world, three-quarters of Americans' eyes never switch to night vision and most of us no longer experience true darkness. Here Bogard restores our awareness of the spectacularly primal, wildly dark night sky and how it has influenced the human experience across everything from science to art. From Las Vegas's Luxor Beam—the brightest single spot on this planet—to nights so full of stars that they look like falling snow, Bogard blends personal narrative, natural history, science, and history to shed light on the importance of darkness—what we've lost, what we still have, and what we might regain—and the simple ways we can reduce the brightness of our nights tonight.

"In this artful blend of environmental and cultural history, Bogard manages to make a book about light pollution pure reading pleasure. As he travels the world looking for dark spaces that best reveal the night skies, Bogard considers our affinity for artificial light, the false sense of security it provides, and its implications. He studies the skies of Las Vegas and Paris, Walden Pond and Mantua, Italy. He walks with lighting designers, naturalists, and astronomers while pondering the best way to embrace the night. Authors such as Thoreau and Henry Beston serve as hallmarks, while the thoughtfulness with which Bogard considers such broadly diverse issues as the impact of working the night shift and the persecution of bats, quintessential creatures of the night, is inspiring. Bogard urges readers to weigh the ramifications of light pollution and our failure to address them, illustrating his arguments with photographs that prove his point (most staggeringly, a satellite shot of Europe's light pollution). Smart, surprising, and thoroughly enjoyable."—Booklist

 
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