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Author Lane, K. Maria D.

Title Geographies of Mars : seeing and knowing the red planet / K. Maria D. Lane
Published Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2011
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Description 1 online resource (xiii, 266 pages) : illustrations, maps
Contents Understanding Mars: sensation, science, and geography -- Representing scientific data: cartographic inscription and visual authority -- Representing scientific sites: vision and fieldwork at the mountain observatories -- Representing scientists: heroism, adventure, and the geographical outlook -- Placing the red planet: meanings in the martian landscape -- Toward a cultural geography of Mars: imaginative geography and the superior Martian
Summary One of the first maps of Mars, published by an Italian astronomer in 1877, with its pattern of canals, fueled belief in intelligent life forms on the distant red planet--a hope that continued into the 1960s. Although the Martian canals have long since been dismissed as a famous error in the history of science, K. Maria D. Lane argues that there was nothing accidental about these early interpretations. Indeed, she argues, the construction of Mars as an incomprehensibly complex and engineered world both reflected and challenged dominant geopolitical themes during a time of major cultural, intelle
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Martians.
Mars (Planet) -- Maps.
Mars (Planet) -- Geography.
Mars (Planet) -- Research -- History -- 19th century.
Mars (Planet) -- Research -- History -- 20th century.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0226470792 (electronic bk.)
9780226470795 (electronic bk.)