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Author Lane, K. Maria D.

Title Geographies of Mars : seeing and knowing the red planet / K. Maria D. Lane.

Imprint Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2011.

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Description 1 online resource (xiii, 266 pages) : illustrations, maps
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
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.
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Subject Mars (Planet) -- Research -- History -- 19th century.
Mars (Planet) -- Research -- History -- 20th century.
Mars (Planet) -- Geography.
Mars (Planet) -- Maps.
Mars (Planet)
Chronological Term 1800 - 1999
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Other Form: Print version: Lane, K. Maria D. Geographies of Mars. Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2011 9780226470788 (DLC) 2010021769 (OCoLC)587209655
ISBN 9780226470795 (electronic bk.)
0226470792 (electronic bk.)