An elementary, nonmathematical introduction to the practical use of solar energy, this text discusses the background of the present energy crisis, the concept of energy, and the ability to meet the crisis with nonrenewable energy sources. The history of solar energy, the nature of the universe, and
the formation of the sun are reviewed. Primary solar energy applications - space heating and cooling, and solar electric power generation - are examined. A bibliography is included in each chapter and there are numerous illustrations throughout the text.