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Understanding Mars: Sensation, Science, and Geography

in Geographies of Mars

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780226470788
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226470795 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226470795.003.0001
Understanding Mars: Sensation, Science, and Geography

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This chapter discusses the theme of this volume which is about the geography of the planet Mars. This volume focuses on the process through which geographical knowledge about Mars was (and is) produced by individuals, institutions and the public. It explores how the scientific debates over inhabited-Mars theory were enmeshed within a geopolitical context in which Great Britain and the U.S. were key players. This volume argues that the geopolitical moment in which the inhabited-Mars narrative unfolded produced an intellectual and social climate in which the view of Mars as a world inhabited by advanced beings was the only interpretation of Mars observations that was acceptable to Western scientists, writers and audiences.

Keywords: Mars; geography; inhabited-Mars theory; Great Britain; U.S.; geopolitics; advanced beings

Chapter.  8449 words. 

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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